Healthy Transport = Healthy Lives – BMA – 12 July 2012

Posted on July 19, 2012. Filed under: Environmental Health, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , , |

Healthy Transport = Healthy Lives – BMA – 12 July 2012

“A major BMA report urges doctors to play a key role in reducing car use.

Healthy Transport = Healthy Lives calls on the government to take a long-term view of transport policy to create the conditions that reduce demand for car use, while enabling a shift to more active and sustainable forms of transport.

BMA board of science chair Averil Mansfield said: ‘To date, the approach to transport policy in the UK has in part been based on short-term objectives, even though the decisions taken can potentially last decades.

‘Economic considerations have been prioritised over health. This is despite a substantial evidence base demonstrating that making health a key objective in transport policy is cost-effective, and will have short, medium and long-term benefits.’

The BMA board of science report warns such a change requires strong government commitment and leadership as the benefits to health will not necessarily be instant.

The report says: ‘Health improvement should always be recognised as a pivotal component in transport strategies and programmes.’”

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ISBN-10: 1-905545-63-0
ISBN-13: 978-1-905545-63-6

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