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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Tackling healthcare associated infections through effective policy action – British Medical Association – June 2009

Posted on June 19, 2009. Filed under: Infection Control | Tags: , |

Tackling healthcare associated infections through effective policy action – British Medical Association – June 2009

The aim of this report is to examine the evidence base for the range of infection control policies, and identify areas for action in tackling the problem. It builds on the 2006 BMA Board of Science publication ‘Healthcare associated infections – a guide for healthcare professionals’ which sets out the responsibilities healthcare professionals have in managing and reducing the incidence of HCAIs. The report is intended for policy makers with strategic or operational responsibility for public health in the UK, and will be of interest to healthcare professionals and patients.

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