A new NHS health care strategy to tackle climate change
News Hour – Saturday 12th September 2018 | 7:00am GMT | BBC World Service title ‘This is a great moment’ for health in Ireland article Health Minister Edwin Poots today said the new health strategy was “a great moment” for Ireland.
He said he would not rule out a future role for the government to provide a similar policy to other countries in the European Union.
Mr Poots said the plan was “consistent with the recommendations of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which has also said that the global warming of the atmosphere and oceans is a threat to the health of people around the world”.
He said the strategy would also provide the Irish Government with the capacity to tackle global warming through adaptation measures such as green infrastructure and clean water.
Mr D’Arcy said the Government was committed to delivering the plan.
He described the new strategy as “a historic step forward for Irish health”.
Mr D’Archys said it would be a “significant milestone” in Irish health care as it would bring “the full weight of government into the equation”.
He said it was important to recognise the health impact of climate change as a health issue and that Ireland had “a strong reputation” for providing quality health care.
Mr Poots told RTÉ News that while there was still a lot of work to do, the new approach would bring significant benefits to the Irish health system and people would have greater confidence that they were getting the best possible care.
He also said the Irish government had already started working on the new policy.
The Irish Government has promised to introduce a health policy to tackle the climate change crisis.
On Tuesday, Mr Pots announced that the government was to work with the Inter-Governmental Panel on Global Change (IGC) to develop a “new health strategy” that would take into account the findings of the IPCC.
Speaking at the end of the Budget session, Mr D’said said he was pleased that the new plan had been agreed by the Minister for Health.
He welcomed the plan to create a joint ministry for health and environment, saying that would allow greater coordination and better coordination between the departments of health.
Irish Government Minister for Climate Change and Climate Action Leo Varadkar said the Ireland was ready to lead in the climate fight.
He told RTL radio that climate change was a “critical issue for our nation”.
“I’m proud that we have got an ambitious plan in place to deal with this challenge and I’m also proud of the fact that we’re working with the Irish Health Service,” he said.