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Health agency launches air quality review

Posted on June 20, 2019 at 1:00 pm

Public Health England (PHE) has kicked off an in-depth review of the health burden of air pollution.

The review set out by PHE will consider the number of new cases of diseases that the Clean Air Strategy could prevent, and where more attention could be placed. In May 2018, PHE estimated that 2.4 million cases would arise by 2035 if current levels of air pollution continue.

Additionally, the review is expected to support the goals set out in the NHS Long Term Plan, as it is estimated that 30% of preventable deaths in England are connected to the influence of unclean air.

The NHS Long Term Plan, proposes that the health sector plays its part in remedying the situation through reducing vehicle air pollutant emissions by 20% by 2023, through the use of ultra low-emission vehicles.

Furthermore, the in-depth review is related to PHE’s other project;

This focuses on acute environmental and chemical incidents and exposure to air pollution and their related health impacts. The project mentions that PHE is examining exposure to chemicals resulting from air pollution, in private water supplies.

 

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