‘Climate emergency’ at forefront of Cheshire CCG merger focus

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The four NHS CCGs which are set to merge in Cheshire have vowed to tackle the climate emergency as they become one body.

A local Winsford Guardian report details how at last week’s meeting, representatives from the CCGs declared a ‘climate emergency.’

In doing so, the groups promised to keep carbon firmly in mind as they begin buying healthcare services for the whole county later this year.

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Bernadette Bailey, transformation manager for NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG, said: “It has to be said, I think the NHS overall has not taken a great deal of action so far. We have a specific opportunity – and it is right now as we are creating a Cheshire CCG.”

Adding: “We have a great responsibility for that number of people living in Cheshire and to use our commissioning resources responsibly.”

A report presented at the meeting said that cutting carbon emissions is a requirement for the NHS set out by its long-term plan and would benefit public health – with improved air quality.

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