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Medical leaders call for NHS to reduce its carbon footprint

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c1484 (Published 15 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1484
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

    The leaders of five medical royal colleges have called for the carbon footprint of the NHS to be reduced because of the devastating effect of global warming on maternal and child health in developing countries.

    In a letter to the Guardian the heads of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, the Royal College of Midwives, and the Royal College of Nursing call on politicians and healthcare leaders to set an example in moving to a low carbon future (www.guardian.co.uk/society/2010/mar/12/1goal-education-and-a-better-life).

    “Climate change will greatly increase deaths of the most vulnerable through water and food scarcity, increased infectious disease and forced migration,” they write. They add that unless rich countries take …

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