The NHS Sustainability Campaign is calling on NHS England to do more to support staff who are saving it money. Following last week’s speech by NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens ahead of the Clean Air Summit, the Campaign is calling on Mr Stevens to recognise the hard work already being shown by Estates Managers up and down the country.
Mr Stevens who said he would like to see “Blue lights go to green lights” in his ambition to save emissions through Ambulance manufacturing, needs to invest more into sustainability should he wish to see a big impact.
Referring to the NHS Long Term Plan, published last month, Mr Stevens cited ambitions to drive savings on top of the estimated £90 million saved over the past five years using natural resources. However, the ambition to cut the health’s service carbon footprint by 51% by 2025 will not be achieved unless more support is given. Only recently the £46 million fund launched for NHS Trusts to improve and expand the use of LED lighting was oversubscribed by an estimated £110 Million! This is not enough to deliver the reductions in carbon or financial savings Mr Stevens is seeking to achieve.
“NHS England is starting to see the benefit sustainability can bring to the long-term health provision in England. However, this Campaign believes there is in-sufficient support in terms of funding and awareness by NHS England and its counterparts at Public Health England.”
“The Campaign has demonstrated how financial savings and carbon reduction can be achieved, but money and time is running out. The £46 million LED Lighting initiative was welcomed, but it was not nearly enough to achieve the savings envisaged by Mr Stevens.”