THOUSANDS of bladeless Dyson fans have been removed from hospital wards after they were deemed more dangerous than standard ones.
Health chiefs splashed out £1.2million on the devices — which cost up to £350 each.
They justified the bill to taxpayers by saying there were no blades for dust to collect on that could lead to germs.
But bosses removed them after NHS England guidance warned that bladeless fans “have been linked to healthcare associated infection”.
It said the gadgets “naturally accumulate dust and debris, providing a reservoir for micro-organisms”.
Bladed fans, which are up to ten times cheaper, were deemed safer.
The Sun has seen evidence of notes ordering staff to bag up the fans and put them in storage.
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At least 113 NHS trusts have stated they bought bladeless fans between 2013 and 2017. John O’Connell, of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, called it a “terrible use of taxpayers’ cash”’
NHS England said the guidance was issued in January and local teams must decide “how best to keep patients safe”.
Dyson said: “We understand that Dyson fans continue to be used across the NHS.”