Improving air quality

Poor air quality contributes to climate change and directly impacts upon human health, including causing respiratory disease. 

The NHS accounts for almost 10 billion road journeys each year – around 3.5% of all road travel – as staff and patients travel to work and appointments and medical supplies are delivered. We can improve air quality, and therefore the health of the population by travelling less, promoting active travel and using cleaner vehicles. Local action is required to address issues caused by more than 2,000 GP practices and 200 hospitals located in areas affected by toxic air. 

We will start by greening our NHS fleet, exploring options to increase active travel, and by working with local government to support joint local action to improve air quality.