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Hospitals urged to save money while improving environmental impact


Measures to help the NHS both save money and reduce its environmental impact have been proposed in a new report from the Sustainable Development Unit (SDU). The report sets out 35 interventions which, if they are all implemented, could save £414m and 1.1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide every year by 2020. This would also help tackle issues such as air pollution and fuel poverty, which contribute to health problems.The interventions include using teleconferencing between doctors and patients and supplying mental health care to people in hospital for physical problems to reduce the distance travelled, implementing biomass boilers, making use of lighting and heating more efficient, and reducing material waste such as theatre kit packaging and anaesthetic gases.

Resource Type
Magazine/newspaper article
National Health Executive
Resource URL
June 15, 2016
Organization Type
International policy Policy International

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