NHS sets out route map for sustainable healthcare

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 02 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d735
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

A route map for sustainable healthcare, launched this week, calls on every person and every organisation within the NHS to be more efficient with their use of resources, which includes energy, carbon, water, and people’s time.

The document was produced by the NHS Sustainable Development Unit in collaboration with the Department of Health, the Department of Energy and Climate Change, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and environmental groups. It builds on the progress already made to reduce carbon emissions since the NHS Carbon Reduction Strategy was published two years ago.

The route map depicts a sustainable NHS where more care and support is offered closer to home, there is increased use of telemedicine and the focus is on prevention rather than acute care. Other ways the NHS …

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