GPs to give six months of free bike hire on prescription for overweight patients – UKMALAYALEE

GPs to give six months of free bike hire on prescription for overweight patients

Friday 10 May 2019 3:02 AM UTC

LONDON May 10: Bicycles are to be prescribed to overweight patients on the NHS for the first time as part of a new scheme to tackle obesity and heart disease.

GPs in Cardiff will be able to give out six months of bike hire sessions on prescription for patients for free.

The pilot was launched on Wednesday at Lansdowne Surgery and Fairwater Health Centre in the Welsh capital.

Health bosses hope the scheme will be extended across the rest of Cardiff if it’s successful.

The trial, which will run for ‘a number of months’ is being funded by bike share provider Nextbike.

But if the scheme is expanded the prescription bikes will come out of the taxpayer’s pocket.

It’s raised concerns about whether the scheme is good use of public spending.

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