Health workers will play a part in hitting climate targets for NHS, says UNISON

Report will help NHS move towards net zero

Commenting on the publication today (Thursday) of the report Delivering A Net Zero Health Service, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said:

“Although beating the virus is top of everyone’s list, the climate emergency hasn’t gone away. Today’s report will help the NHS move closer to hitting its net zero targets.

“All health workers have a part to play in driving down carbon emissions, from estates and facilities staff to cleaners, caterers, administrative workers and clinicians.

“The report also identifies the pressing need to tackle health inequalities, especially important for Black staff who are more likely to live in areas where pollution levels are high.”

Notes to editors:
– UNISON uses the term Black in a broad, political and inclusive way for people with a shared history and experience of racism and reduced opportunities. The use of the term Black is broadly consistent with the term BAME.
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union, with more than 1.3 million members providing public services – in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in the public, voluntary and private sectors.

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