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The BMJ Awards 2020: Outstanding contribution to health

BMJ 2020; 370 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m1613 (Published 23 July 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m1613

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Re: The BMJ Awards 2020: Outstanding contribution to health

Dear Editor,

As a final year medical student, coming from a generation who are very conscientious of climate change, it is incredible to see that there are organisations in place, such as the SDU, who are aiming for a sustainable NHS. I commend David Pencheon for receiving this award; it is thoroughly well deserved.

As a medical student, I had never been taught on methods to make our NHS more sustainable. In fact, I had never thought about how the NHS impacts climate change which is negatively contributing to the future healthcare system. Ironically, this will be another battle for the healthcare services around the world in this century. It is therefore important for every healthcare professional to receive some education on ways we can try and reduce our net carbon emission. We need to be constantly thinking how we can improve; what can I do individually to help in the hospital while the NHS as an institution tries to slowly become eco-friendly? These ideas need to be taught early on, so that we can make change from them.

Competing interests: No competing interests

25 July 2020
kiran khan
Medical Student
UEA
Norwich