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Air Pollution

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 185477, tabled on 21 April 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that air pollution and its health effects are covered in (a) undergraduate and (b) postgraduate level medical education.

Answered on

28 April 2021

The Department continues to engage with organisations such as Health Education England and the Royal Colleges to ensure that healthcare professionals are equipped to provide information and advice to those vulnerable to the health impacts of air pollution. The Chief Medical Officer has also discussed this matter with the Royal Colleges during a recent meeting. This will allow patients and their carers to take steps to reduce their exposure to air pollution and give them greater power to manage their condition.

The NHS Long Term Plan committed to improve outcomes asthma outcomes for children and young people. The Children and Young People’s Transformation Programme has asked local systems to prioritise local improvements in asthma care. This will include supporting clinicians to discuss the short and long-term adverse effects of air pollution in children with asthma and any mitigation strategies.