Last year, NHS England published Delivering a ‘Net Zero’ National Health Service report, stating that the climate emergency is a health emergency and ‘unabated it will disrupt care, and affect patients and the public at every stage of our lives’. It is not just a concern of the future: the report states that improved air quality could directly and indirectly improve the quality of life of well over 40,000 people.
As respected professionals who are influential amongst their patient population, and fluent in the language of public health and wellbeing, GPs are perfectly placed to educate the public about climate change and should be leading by example.
As the UK starts to look towards recovering from the COVID pandemic, this is the perfect opportunity to evaluate what GPs can do to reduce the arching tide of damage to our environment.
Read the full article by Katharine Edmonds, chair, GreenGP Wessex: Be part of the green revolution