Source: Sustainable Development Unit for the National Health Service, public health and social care system

A new report by GGHH founding member member, the UK’s Sustainable Development Unit for the National Health Service, public health and social care system selected 35 areas and calculated their financial and environmental benefits.

Securing healthy returns coverThe report presented the following result: the NHS and wider health sector could save up to £414m and cut 1 million tonnes of carbon emissions every year by 2020 through making changes that can also benefit people’s health.

The Securing healthy returns report outlines areas that offer potential cash savings and environmental benefits. These include providing mental health services to people being treated for physical health needs in hospitals, encouraging staff to travel to work by bike or foot and increasing use of technology for communication – for instance between staff and for patients with long term conditions.

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