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    (arising from member policy day held on 18/6/16 in Birmingham) AUTHORS: Val Little and Jacky Chambers Improving the health of our people and the health of the poorest fastest is a cornerstone of the socialist programme. Improving health requires policy intervention across a range of traditionally silo policy areas – it is a cross-cutting theme. Example: Tackling the hazard to health posed by air pollution Outdoor air pollution is a major hazard to health (causes an estimated 40,000 deaths a year, increased lung and heart disease, risks to the baby in the womb and lifelong damage to the lung function of exposed1i). […]
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    In 2010, the Marmot Review highlighted the increasing evidence that environmental factors exacerbate health inequalities. The three year inquiry found that, in England, the lower a person’s social position, the worse his or her health. In 2016, the UK’s controversial breach of European air quality standards provides us with a very clear example of the ongoing health inequalities identified in the powerful 2010 report. Poor air quality, which is principally caused by emissions from vehicle engines and degrading tires, has accounted for between 40 and 50 thousand premature deaths in the past year. PM10 and PM2.5 particulates penetrate deep into […]
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    Map produced by Bart’s Health to help vulnerable patients avoid air pollution. Breathing cleaner air reduces the risk of Lung disease and asthma Heart disease Cancer Stroke Poor lung development Low birth weight

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