Health service plans for climate change

Air pollution, ultraviolet exposure and extreme weather events are among the scenarios outlined in the first ‘climate change adaptation plan’ for the Irish health service. The plan, developed by doctors and departmental officials following a public consultation, sets out six main climate scenarios with the most profound implications for the health sector.

The plan explores the impact that environmental risks, including flooding and heatwaves, are likely to have on Ireland’s health and wellbeing and its health service infrastructure. The strategy then sets out a list of recommended actions.

The report acknowledges the pressures currently on our health care system, but warns that decisive action is needed to prepare for the profound impact of climate change on the nation’s health.

A newly established Climate Change Oversight Group will drive and oversee the implementation of the plan. Click HERE for more information.

This story was first published in the Fórsa members’ news bulletin (Health & Welfare edition) on Thursday 7th November 2019. Read the full edition here.