Surgeon warns of e-scooter injury “concern”

A surgeon in London is warning that the number of people needing complicated hospital treatment for injuries sustained while riding an e-scooter is impacting his trauma lists.

Southwark News reports that King’s College Hospital consultant orthopaedic surgeon Raju Ahluwalia, at the hospital is commented that, “Our day case trauma surgical lists are being impacted with an increasing volume of patients needing surgery to treat complicated fractures following e-scooter collisions. The increasing costs, and their rate of increase, are a concern.”

The report adds that latest available figures say 196 patients came into into its emergency department with injuries suffered during an e-scooter collision in 2020.

The comments come a week after the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety wrote a letter to Future of Transport Minister Trudy Harrison asking her to issue statements to retailers, the public and the police over the legality of private e-scooters.

(Picture – Metropolitan Police)


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