Obese man weighing 770 pounds has been in hospital for five months taking up four beds needed by other patients
33-year-old Matthew Crawford is fit to discharge but has allegedly already cost taxpayers tens of thousands of pounds for his care.
Staff at a hospital in Nottinghamshire are said to be furious over an obese man who cannot be discharged because of lack of appropriate obesity beds. 33-year-old Matthew Crawford, who weighs 770 pounds, has been at the King's Mill Hospital in Sutton-in-Ashfield for the past five months, with him and the equipment required to move him taking up four beds that could otherwise go to more needy patients.
According to the Mirror, Crawford is medically fit to be discharged, but cannot leave because there is no appropriate social care space for him. His stay has allegedly already cost taxpayers tens of thousands of pounds because of the modifications needed to be made to accommodate him, including a rented reinforced bed that bills out at a hefty £7,000 a week.
Furthermore, Crawford's behavior is said to be getting on the staff's nerves as well. It was claimed that the 33-year-old regularly orders pizzas and Chinese takeaways to the ward by using cash from his fortnightly £300 Employment Support Allowance, even posting a picture of himself clutching a bottle of champagne.
He even went on to defend his spending. "Just want to set the record straight, I don’t spend all my money on takeaways," he wrote on a post on social media. "I might get 300 quid a fortnight but I spend over 100 quid every fortnight on food shopping. If people tasted the food in this place you would know why I buy my own food."
His mother, Linda, denied the claims her son was ordering in takeaway or that she was bringing in food for him. "Do I look like I can carry food? I’m on a walking stick, I’m disabled, I’m a pensioner," she said. "I have to go by voluntary transport to visit him. So it is nonsense. I don’t know who is trying to stir it for him. He doesn't have any deliveries [of food] whatsoever."
Speaking about Crawford, a source said that everyone was "sick to the back of their teeth with the situation" and that they were "powerless to get rid of him" even though he had been cleared for discharge months ago. The source also lamented how he was taking up space that could be used for other ill patients. In January, the hospital had to postpone more than 70 non-urgent operations that required an overnight stay because it struggled with discharging patients into social care.
The source also told the Mirror that the staff was "at their wits' end" and that Crawford needed to be "moved somewhere more appropriate." The 33-year-old, in fact, had convictions for assaulting nurses at a care home near Newark and also attacking a police officer. He was ordered to pay his victims compensation, though that proved to be tricky since he was too heavy to attend the hearing and there were no ambulances big enough to transport him.
Linda insisted that a deal had been arranged for her son to finally leave the hospital. "He’s waiting to move [to a care home]," she said. "Everything including the funding has been sorted. They have got his room ready. They are just waiting for the equipment to be installed."