"Fire crews in England have received at least 1,780 calls to help move obese patients in the last five years, 75% of them from the NHS, figures show. " "Essex had the most calls (390)............" http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7939630.stm There is no end to it. Friend of Mrs B. tells us that the hospital she works for has had to spend a fortune on buying in rafts of "Bariatric Equipment" because, based on "risk and legal obligation" assessments, somebody has decided that the ever increasing numbers of the morbidly obese need pandering to as well as protecting the trusts from staff making injury claims as a result of hefting these bloaters around. For example, they now have sixteen mobile "Patient Lifts" dotted around, each rated at 300kg (47 Stone in old money). The powered "uplift assist commodes" are, I understand, pieces of engineering to rival the works of Brunel but stomach churning to behold in operation.