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Simon Stevens challenges ambulance makers to help ‘blue lights go green’

NHS chief Simon Stevens has challenged vehicle manufacturers to help “blue lights go green” and cut air pollution by developing more environmentally friendly ambulances.

With polluted air causing cancer, lung disease and heart problems and contributing to around 40,000 deaths each year, the NHS England chief executive pledged that the health service will step up action to tackle the issue at source as well as treating those affected.

The NHS accounts for almost 10 billion journeys each year – around 3.5% of all road travel – as staff and patients travel to work and appointments and medical supplies are delivered.

The NHS Long Term Plan has committed to cutting mileage and air pollution from rapid response vehicles, patient transport and staff journeys by a fifth by 2024 and ensuring nine out of 10 vehicles are low emission within a decade.