Thieves in Wolverhampton have stole from hospitals 68 times in the last two years a Freedom of Information request has revealed.
At one hospital alcoholic handgel was taken from wall-mounted dispensers three times in four months.
Thieves have struck dozens of times at West Midlands and Staffordshire hospitals, jeopardising patients’ treatment and leaving costly repair bills.
More than £12,000 of computer equipment used for patients’ care was stolen, fridges to keep medication were stolen, metal boilers ripped out, a wheelchair taken and suspected alcoholics even took hand gel from outside wards. Charity donations were even stolen at New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton,and Christmas lights from Rowley Regis Hospital.
In all, hospitals were hit 68 times in the past two financial years, according to data released under the Freedom of Information Act.