Crawford cost the NHS thousands by blocking beds – Image: Lincolnshire Echo/MEN MEDIA

A man weighing 700 pounds (55-stone) who cost NHS hundreds of thousands of pounds “despite being medically fit to be discharged from hospital has finally left”.

The Mirror reports: “Overweight Matthew Crawford took up a four-bed bay at the King’s Mill Hospital in Sutton-in-Ashfield in October last year.

“The Lincoln man, who has convictions for assaulting nurses, wouldn’t be moved for 21 months.

“He was costing taxpayers thousands because it included up to £7,000 a week for a rented reinforced bed.”
An NHS source said at the time: ­“Everybody is sick to the back teeth with the ­situation and it’s about time it was exposed.

“There’s nothing medically wrong with Matt now but we’re powerless to get rid of him.”

More than a year later, “the trust has revealed he has finally moved to a “more appropriate setting”.

A spokesperson for Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust said: “While we are not able to comment on the care of individual patients for reasons of confidentiality, we can confirm that Mr Crawford is no longer in the care of Sherwood Forest Hospitals.

“We are pleased for all concerned that he is now in a more appropriate setting.”

Mr Crawford himself confirmed he had left hospital on his Facebook page, the report added.

“The football fan was accused of not leaving despite being medically fit.

“He previously hit back at his critics and responded to claims he was using his benefits to order takeaways from his bed.”

He wrote: “If you all knew the truth you would think different.

“I’ve not had a takeaway for months and even before that, I would have one every couple of weeks.

“The only food my mum brings in for me is some haslet and pickle cobs which I have instead of a hospital dinner.”

  • The NHS are “pleased for all concerned that he is now in a more appropriate setting” – Image: Lincolnshire Echo