In response to the DEFRA (Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) clean air strategy, launched today by the environment secretary, BMA board of science chair Professor Dame Parveen Kumar said:
"We welcome moves to empower local authorities to take action to improve air quality. Doctors have called for more to be done to combat lethal levels of air pollution and the impact this has on our health, but they must be supported with adequate investment to enable the implementation of effective, evidence-based air quality plans.
"Endemic cuts to public health services have undermined efforts to improve air quality and pose further risks to the health of communities struggling with toxic levels of pollutants.
"Vehicles are one of the leading causes of air pollution; tackling the overuse of cars and lorries by expanding clean air zones, providing more detailed information about emissions for consumers and promoting physically active transport will see vast improvements to the air we breathe."
Notes to Editors
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- Read the Clean Air Strategy here.
- Read more about the BMA’s work on air quality here.