Government medical adviser highlights pollution health threat

The UK’s chief medical officer has used her annual report to urge action on health risks from pollution, including a call for the NHS to show leadership on the issue

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Politicians, policymakers and the health profession need to address pollution as a threat to public health, according to the government’s most senior health adviser.

Professor Dame Sally Davies, chief medical officer at the Department of Health and Social Care, focused this year’s annual report on the public health risks from air, water, noise and light pollution. Her previous annual reports have covered issues including mental health and antibiotic resistance.

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