Friday, June 22, 2007

NHS Emissions

The New Economic Foundation have got their teeth into the NHS. From the BBC:

"Each year, the UK's health service spends £400m on energy and emits about one million tonnes of carbon, think tank New Economics Foundation said.
"Its NHS Confederation-commissioned report said 5% of UK road transport emissions were from NHS-related trips.
"Staff, patients and visitors travelled almost 25 billion passenger miles in 2001, predominately by cars and vans.
"Waste was also an area for concern: "One in every 100 tonnes of domestic waste generated in the UK comes from the NHS, with the vast majority going to landfill."

5% of journeys are related to the NHS... yet the NHS continually moves towards centralised services in the name of clinical safety and operational efficiency.

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