Letters Reducing NHS carbon footprint

Time for a culture change

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39549.480671.3A (Published 17 April 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:848
  1. Mike Simpson, co-ordinator, Spokes—the NHS Cycling Network
  1. 1NHS Networks, Leicester LE1 6NB
  1. mike.simpson{at}networks.nhs.uk

One problem that besets the NHS is a culture which assumes that everyone can and should travel everywhere by car.1 Many NHS organisations provide travel directions for visitors that are of use only to car drivers, and many NHS job descriptions stipulate car ownership as a matter of course when it is patently unnecessary.

Senior managers who make decisions …

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