Climate change could stretch health systems to breaking point, European Commission says

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 07 April 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1430
  1. Rory Watson
  1. 1Brussels

    The European Commission warned this week that although climate change may not create many new or unknown health threats, it might increase demands on health systems to such an extent that their capacities would be unable to handle the extra pressure.

    In an 18 page policy paper that emphasises the need for the health sector to prepare for climate change, the commission notes, “It may also interfere with their ability to cope with demand by undermining infrastructures, technology, and the availability of the workforce.”

    Climate change, it says, will affect human health …

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