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NHS could save £1bn by adopting green strategies used in kidney units

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 28 January 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f588
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

The NHS could save hundreds of millions of pounds a year if “successes” in sustainable kidney care shown in new research were spread across other specialties, an expert has said.

Donal O’Donoghue, England’s national clinical director for kidney care, said that the analysis of work by renal clinicians had shown “what our NHS can do” to save money and to benefit the environment.

The independent Centre for Sustainable Healthcare has calculated the potential benefits in cash savings, carbon emissions, and water usage of 20 “green nephrology” initiatives.1 It estimated that there would be annual savings to the UK health services of £7m (€8.2m; $11m), 11 000 tonnes of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide equivalent), and 470 million litres of water if these …

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