British doctors and health professionals call for coal phase out

Health groups representing 600,000 doctors, nurses and allied health professionals are calling for a rapid phase out of coal. In a report, the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change, which involves 15 groups including the British Medical Association and Royal College of Nursing (RCN), said the government has yet to publish a consultation document following its […]

Global health professionals call on G7 to phase out coal

Health professionals worldwide are calling on the G7 nations to accelerate the transition away from coal-fired electricity. A total of 82 organisations, representing more than 300,000 doctors, nurses and professionals in the health sector from 30 countries, have written to the world’s seven largest economies. They highlight the health benefits and savings brought by eliminating […]

NHS ‘unprepared for climate change risks’

Health services in the UK are not prepared for the risks posed by climate change. The warning comes from the new UK Health Alliance on Climate Change, which is made up of leading institutes including royal colleges, medical faculties and publications and doctors’ organisations. Launched yesterday, the group is urging the government to put plans in place to […]

UK doctors call for a fracking ban

Fracking should be banned due to the “serious risks” it could have on public health, according to health professionals. In a letter published by the British Medical Journal, doctors, pharmacists and public health academics suggest fracking is an “inherently risky activity that produces hazardous levels of air and water pollution” that can have adverse impacts […]

Warm me up, doc! GPs to advise energy efficiency for fuel poor

A national programme for doctors to prescribe energy efficient measures for fuel poor patients suffering from diseases as a result of cold homes has been unveiled. Energy Secretary Ed Davey has launched a £3 million pot to scale up the so-called “warmth-on-prescription” projects to help healthcare professionals such as GPs play a larger part in […]