Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Damaged pavements 'injure thousands'

By Sarah Womack, Social Affairs Correspondent Last Updated: 2:28am GMT 16/01/2008

Thousands of elderly people are being seriously injured each year because councils are failing to repair broken and uneven pavements, a report claims today.
The figures lay bare the shameful state of England's footways, disclosing that as many as one in four is in need of repair. Those in Yorkshire and Humberside are said to be most at risk from poorly maintained streets, with a third of pavements in the region needing repair.
Physiotherapists say they see hundreds of elderly people each week who have been injured falling over, mainly because of uneven pavements. Falls are said to cost the NHS almost £1 billion a year.;jsessionid=ZW4HM5CFO2LXXQFIQMGSFGGAVCBQWIV0?xml=/news/2008/01/16/npaving116.xml

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