A bed (12) having a lifting apparatus (10) for raising and lowering an object, such as a person, onto and off a bed, and a stabilising leg (26, 66, 74, 82, 98, 106) for stabilising the bed against transverse tipping forces induced by operation of the lifting apparatus (10). The lifting apparatus (10) is pivotably attached to the bed (12), by a boss (24), and has a jib (32) for attachment to the object, the jib (32) being able to be slewed between stops for transfer of the object onto and off the bed (12). Reinforcing (110 and 112) is provided to inhibit excessive deflection of the bed (12) when in use so as to maintain an axis of pivot (45) of a mast (31) of the lifting apparatus (10) disposed substantially vertically. Various reinforcing arrangements are proposed for beds of differing purpose and construction. A spigot carrier (65a) is provided for mounting the mast (32) onto the boss (24) of the bed (12) and has bearings (65b and 65c) for acting in relation to axial and radial forces from the lifting apparatus (10).