Hospitals have doubled their spending on equipment for obese patients, new figures revealed by the Liberal Democrats have shown. Hospitals spent an average of£60,000 on measures to treat obese patients this year compared with£30,000 spent three years ago. This included specialist equipment such as beds and chairs as well as increasing staffing and undertaking pre-operative assessments. The number of obese adult patients admitted to hospital rose by over 45 per cent in the last four years.