'Genuine fears' 55 stone man who assaulted nurses will still be blocking four beds in King's Mill hospital at Christmas

Matthew Crawford, aged 33, is still blocking four beds in the hospital, according to the Mirror online.

Mr Crawford, from Newark, received a discharge letter three months ago, The Mirror reports.

Matthew Crawford, aged 33,  is still blocking four beds in the hospital, according to the Mirror online.

Matthew Crawford, aged 33, is still blocking four beds in the hospital, according to the Mirror online.

Mr Crawford cannot be moved out until a social care place is found for him, despite costing the NHS around £250,000 during his six-month stay,

In October, the hospital said a move was imminent, although he has been in the hospital since May.

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An NHS source told the Mirror: “It beggars belief that he’s still on the same ward despite the situation being exposed in the national media.

“The word is that something else has been lined up and he will be on the move, but there are genuine fears he will still be here at Christmas.

“The last unit he was due to go to cancelled the place after learning about his past.

"They wanted nothing to do with him.”

The cost to the NHS, which includes £7,000 a week for a specialist bed to be rented, has risen by around £60,000 since the story broke in October.

Mr Crawford was convicted earlier this year of assaulting four nurses at a care home, and was ordered to pay compensation, despite being too heavy to attend court.

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Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust told the Mirror online: “It is disappointing when despite all our efforts we still have patients in hospital who we recognise should not be here.

“It means there are less beds available for those needing hospital treatment.

“We will continue to work with our partners to try to find a better solution.”

Mr Crawford denied claims that he was ordering takeaways to his bed .