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October 16, 2020

By Paul Homewood



h/t Dennis Ambler


Once upon a time, the goal of the NHS was to save lives!



The NHS today took a major step into the decarbonised future, announcing a multi-year plan to become the world’s first net zero national health system.

The move aligns with recommendations by an expert group, the NHS Net Zero Expert Panel, which convened in January to analyse evidence on how the health service can help slash UK emissions. Based on its findings, the NHS has adopted two targets: for emissions under its direct control to reach net zero by 2040, with an interim reduction target of 80 per cent by 2028-32; and for its wider supply chain footprint to reach net zero by 2045, with an 80 per cent reduction target set between 2036 and 2039.

Interventions driving progress towards the goal will include developing new ways of delivering care at or closer to home; greening the NHS fleet, including road-testing a net-zero emissions ambulance by 2022; reducing waste of consumable products; making sure new hospitals and buildings are built to be net-zero emissions; and building energy conservation into staff training and education, the panel’s report says.

"The evidence that the climate emergency is a health emergency is overwhelming, with health professionals already needing to manage its symptoms," said Dr Nick Watts, who headed the expert panel and will now take on a role as the NHS’s chief sustainability officer.

"The NHS’s ambition is world-leading, and the first national commitment to deliver a net zero health service. It comes at a time when the UK is preparing to host the UN climate change summit next year, and demonstrates that every part of our societies need to play their part in reducing pollution and responding to climate change," he added.


Goodness knows what all of this nonsense will cost, but perhaps even more problematic is the distraction it will cause.

Steering committees, staff training, carbon monitoring officers, compliance teams and countless other non-jobs will simply create a huge bureaucratic morass, which can only divert resources and management focus from the real job the NHS is supposed to be doing.

  1. Thomas Carr permalink
    October 17, 2020 12:10 am

    Time to re-set the doomsday diary now that the royals are on board . Please search your records , fellow commentators, for the dates of the promised disasters and defining moments so that we can note the passing of each one as to whether it came to pass or was part of the hysteria fomented by Ext. Reb., the blessed Greta or others depending on unhappy outcomes to make a profit from selling needless process plant and flakey research.

    • October 17, 2020 12:19 pm

      According to the doomsday clock set back in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, we are all toast by now!

    • donteachin permalink
      October 17, 2020 5:22 pm

      Princess Anne seems to be the only Royal who has publicly said she doesn’t go along with the climate change agenda; ref her recent 70th birthday programme on TV – can’t remember which channel but probably not the beeb as it would have been edited out.

  2. Tim C permalink
    October 17, 2020 1:56 am

    NHS Nett Zero Expert Panel is either oxymoronic or a disclosure that it has zero experts, take your pick

  3. Nancy & John Hultquist permalink
    October 17, 2020 2:40 am

    Thrilled to know all the health problems of the citizens have been taken care of.
    Frivolous actions can be easily accommodated.

    • Tonyb permalink
      October 17, 2020 1:21 pm

      Yes indeed, as of noon yesterday there ate officially no illnesses of any kind in the UK so this will give the NHS managers something to do.

      Here is a link to the electric ambulance which seems to be going on trial this month

      It has a range of around 105 miles. But don’t know how many people that is based on nor if it takes into account hills, emergency equipment on board, needing headlights, heating, sirens, windscreen wipers, radio, etc . It has a charging time of four and a half hours which seems to me to be a huge disadvantage as it wouldn’t take many trips in bad weather to require a recharge

      • It doesn't add up... permalink
        October 19, 2020 1:52 am

        The plan is obvious. Hold the patient in the ambulance while recharging until just before the 4 hour period for A&E waiting above which A&E is deemed to have failed to meet targets expires.

  4. October 17, 2020 5:45 am

    That sounds a lot like a very serious and very impressive climate action program.

    Except for the word “net”.

  5. Crowcatcher permalink
    October 17, 2020 6:21 am

    The asylum really has been taken over by the lunatics – West Midlands Ambulance Service have just bought an electric ambulance – range 110 miles with a brand new battery!!!!!!!

    • StephenP permalink
      October 17, 2020 10:13 am

      The quicker they find out its limitations the better.

    • October 17, 2020 12:36 pm

      ” an electric ambulance – range 110 miles with a brand new battery!!!!!!”

      And probably less if they keep the patient warm & use a defib unit

  6. Phillip Bratby permalink
    October 17, 2020 6:22 am

    The thousands of NHS net zero managers will sit well alongside the thousands of NHS diversity managers (not to forget all their underlings carrying out all the administration). Where will all the doctors, nurses and patients be accommodated?

    • Ian Magness permalink
      October 17, 2020 8:18 am

      It won’t make any difference right now as everyone has been sacrificed on the Covid altar. God help anyone who actually gets a non-Covid illness of injury now – you’ve got almost no chance of being treated unless what you have is imminently life-threatening. I am just one of the thousands – I suspect millions – who have been “discharged” from a course of treatment due to Covid. In my case, the result is just bloody inconvenience but it must be so, so much worse for so many others e.g. with growing cancers. Of course, the patients and conditions not being treated won’t go away – they’ll just add to future waiting lists that will take a decade to unwind.
      So it’s just marvellous to know that, when the ambulances finally come to take us away, they will be battery-powered vehicles and we will be playing such an important role in saving the planet.

      • mjr permalink
        October 17, 2020 11:28 am

        true . so much anecdotal indication that hospitals are empty (as all NHS employees are forbidden to talk to media under threat of disciplinary action this can only be anecdotal from anonymous whistleblowers)

    • October 17, 2020 9:55 am

      They can also sit along side the Net Zero managers and diversity managers that the dangerous buffoon heading up the British Army is installing. Batshit crazy is not a suitable term to use because this really is serious and in both cases WILL get people killed. I remember my late father a doctor with life long association with the army watching the TV when it was announced that women would be brought into the armed forces. He got up from the chair and walked out of the room saying “that will get good men killed”.

    • October 17, 2020 12:38 pm

      “Where will all the doctors, nurses and patients be accommodated?”

      In porta-cabins in the car park

    • Tonyb permalink
      October 17, 2020 1:03 pm


      It’s well worth reading Barbara’s link which goes to the most developed local climate plan i am aware of.

      Full of unicorns and fluffy hearts but the section on renewable energy could I believe be taken to pieces for the total lack of realism it demonstrates. Well worth an article as this could then be used as a blueprint to tackle the lunacy that will be emanating from other local councils.

  7. Athelstan. permalink
    October 17, 2020 6:59 am

    With unlimited public funding avaiable added to a imperious idea that you are utterly inviollate, unimpeachable. Thus, you can do what you like and play political footballs and virtue signalling till the patients stop coming in and then you’ve developed even more time to think about nebulous but colossally expensive tripe like ‘carbon zero’.

    As the maxim goes, The devil makes work for idle hands.

  8. Phoenix44 permalink
    October 17, 2020 8:34 am

    What “Climate Emergency'”? This is public organisation, paid for by taxpayers. Spoutu g activist propaganda said it is fact is beyond comprehension. There is no Climate Emergency and there are no threats to our health from changes to our climate that we literally would not be able to notice without sophisticated instruments. We have a few clear health risks- dementia, cancer, heart disease and a few others. All pretty much ageing related. This is political activism paid for by us. Surely not legal?

    • Graeme No.3 permalink
      October 17, 2020 8:58 am

      But Phoenix44, there is clear evidence of illness due to the Climate emergency. Notably many employed by the NHS who have dementia and/or paranoia.
      The ‘cure’ is lengthy and expensive. They have to be isolated in a quiet room out of all contact with the real world.

      • AndyG55 permalink
        October 18, 2020 9:54 am

        If they “believe” there is a climate emergency..

        …. they are already totally out of contact with the real world.

  9. Chaswarnertoo permalink
    October 17, 2020 8:53 am

    No Hope Service.

  10. October 17, 2020 8:59 am

    “The evidence that the climate emergency is a health emergency is overwhelming, with health professionals already needing to manage its symptoms”
    – – –
    So what/where is this ‘overwhelming’ evidence? Assertions don’t count.

    • Mad Mike permalink
      October 17, 2020 10:23 am

      What symptoms?

      This is a service that couldn’t manage to have enough resources in place to deal with the treating of this virus and then spent weeks buying up useless pieces of equipment while it’s staff were unprotected. This was a service that we had to protect rather than the other way round.

      Paul is right, another bureaucracy is born and will soak up any amount of extra money that the NHS receives and then some. My local hospital looks like a collecting of prefabs and its not even on the list of 40 hospitals that were due to be replaced. I dread to think what the cost would be just to bring the insulation up to speck. I suppose they could just buy an extra blanket for every patient and turn off the heating. I might suggest that to them.

      • Tim C permalink
        October 17, 2020 12:08 pm

        Perhaps patients will be required to bring their own bedding, blankets and food

    • October 17, 2020 12:23 pm

      The UK death rate in winter is higher than it is in summer. The warmest months have the lowest death rates.

      If the NHS going net zero had the slightest effect on UK temperatures (it won’t)…

      Then they would be making things worse for the public, not better.

      But Dr Watts could hardly say anything else, any more than a professor for the public understanding of phlogiston could.

      This diversion of funds will inevitably cost lives, and that is not reactionary hyperbole.

  11. Mack permalink
    October 17, 2020 9:05 am

    Having declared a climate emergency in the U.K., I’m looking forward to the NHS releasing the stats of all the people killed or injured by ‘climate’ over the past few years to justify their clarion call. Now, let me hazard a guess, ‘net zero’ perhaps? In the meantime, hundreds of citizens die every day from cancer, vascular dementia, heart disease etc etc. The only justification for calling the ‘climate emergency’ a ‘health emergency’ in the U.K. Is because of insane and ruinously expensive climate policies driving vulnerable members of society into fuel poverty and an early grave. If the doom pixies who actually run the NHS looked at their own excess mortality stats and compared them to temperatures they might find that a warming climate is a healthier one!

  12. Pancho Plail permalink
    October 17, 2020 9:13 am

    I take it from the headline that they are working towards the goal of net zero patients.

  13. Steve permalink
    October 17, 2020 9:19 am

    The NHS is already doing its bit towards the climate emergency. Patient’s stand a better chance of coming out of hospital not breathing in the UK than in any other Western country. The only thing missing is carbon capture in the crematorium.

    • Tim C permalink
      October 17, 2020 12:09 pm

      solar powered crematoriums, shouldn’t take more than 12-15 days per body.

  14. October 17, 2020 9:27 am

    When did expert come to mean ignoramus? Do these idiots know anything about the health effects of windfarms, which are theoretically constructed to combat climate change, whatever that means, but are actually only to make money. The numerous ill effects of living near windfarms have been well documented for years but of course denied and ridiculed. I see Dr. Watts qualified in Australia which may explain a bit

  15. StephenP permalink
    October 17, 2020 10:18 am

    I see that they are testing Vitamin D to see if it has a beneficial effect on CV19.

    • Steve C permalink
      October 17, 2020 11:30 am

      The Spanish already have, Stephen. It looks very promising in terms of keeping you out of intensive care by reducing the severity of the disease:

      • NeilC permalink
        October 17, 2020 12:45 pm

        Whilst Vitamin D is produced by humans during sunshine, it is not the Vitamin D which is beneficial. It is the UV radiation which reduces any virus’s potency,.as has been observed throughout the history of viruses.

        Had the government fully unlocked the country in the middle of July (with 2 months higher UV days to go) we would have had greater herd immunity and wouldn’t be in the state we are in now.

      • dave permalink
        October 18, 2020 1:31 pm

        There are literally thousands of scientific papers about Vitamin D (a technical misnomer, since it can be made in the body) and health. Overwhelmingly they indicate it is very important.

        30% of us have bodies which do not use it very effectively, and 30% of us are so fat that it is largely sequestered in the adipose tissue*. We fatties and genetically disadvantaged need more – much more – from supplements. My doctor just told me my Vitamin D was at near-toxic levels. I said it was what I was aiming for, and was compensated by my ingestion of Vitamin K7.

        A French nursing home boosted the Vitamin D of its very elderly patients by a single large dose of 80,000 units once every three months on a rolling basis. This meant that only one-third of them were given the boost in any particular month. After the boost month, their levels were dropping for the remaining two months, albeit to levels which were regarded as sufficient. When the Covid hit this home hard in April, one-third had had a boost shortly before, and two-thirds were becoming depleted. Long story made short: The death rate in the ones who had had a recent boost was 18%. The death rate in the rest was 55%.

        *The Japanese are quite low on Vitamin D, but they are the leanest people in the world. Their toll from Covid is low.

  16. Devoncamel permalink
    October 17, 2020 10:37 am

    ‘Net Zero’ is of course totally misleading. I took a look at the following piece from the Grantham Institute on the LSE’s website.
    Both of these are totally signed up to the net zero AGW narrative but it does reveal the nonsense being spouted. They talk of carbon sinks and tree planting as off-sets to necessary CO2 emissions. This is how Drax power station justifies its mass burning of trees shipped thousands of miles from the USA. If electric ambulances work in the real world of a viable emergency service and make financial and engineering sense then I say ‘why not?’. Alas everything is dressed up in the climate emergency Emperor’s clothes and we are paying for it.

  17. ianprsy permalink
    October 17, 2020 10:41 am

    What are you all moaning about? Just imagine all the new, well paid green jobs (aka seats on the gravy train).

  18. Malcolm Skipper permalink
    October 17, 2020 10:59 am


    Fantastic news: The UK’s largest employer @NHSuk is working towards #netzero goal by 2040. . The NHS makes up 4% of the world’s carbon emissions – so this is a big commitment to reduce emissions. Delighted to see health accelerating the #RaceToZero:
    — Nigel Topping (@topnigel) October 1, 2020


    Press release
    Nigel Topping appointed UK High Level Climate Action Champion
    Nigel Topping has today been appointed by the UK Government as the High Level Climate Action Champion for UN climate talks, COP26.
    Published 23 January 2020

    • mjr permalink
      October 17, 2020 11:25 am

      according to wikipedia uk is responsible for 1.02% of the worlds carbon emissions (2017) . However this Nigel Toppins states that the NHS makes up 4% of world carbon emissions.
      I see this chap already has the grasp of maths and reality expected of a climate change zealot

      • Malcolm Skipper permalink
        October 17, 2020 11:44 am

        Ah, but with COVID we’re all in bubbles. The NHS bubble produces 4% of world’s emissions, which means the rest of emit far less than we thought!!!!!

      • October 17, 2020 1:31 pm

        The NHS might be responsible for 4% of the uk’s 1.2% man made global contribution . However man made co2 only comprises 4% of the total as nature provides the other 96%

        so perhps some one else can calculate the real contribution made by the NHS

      • Malcolm Skipper permalink
        October 17, 2020 6:31 pm

        4% (NHS) of 1.2% (UK) is 0.048% of UK, the actual contribution to the world.

        0.048% (NHS) of 4% (world man-made) is 0.00192%.

        This would make a big difference!! Still, every little, little, little helps 😉

    • October 17, 2020 12:26 pm

      The only explanation is that we’ve slipped into a parallel universe. Nothing else makes sense.

      • NeilC permalink
        October 17, 2020 12:49 pm


  19. Coeur de Lion permalink
    October 17, 2020 11:00 am

    The cure will be thirty years of global cooling. Break out your woollies.

  20. October 17, 2020 12:22 pm

    I may be cynical (I am – but not a conspiracy theorist) but does it not appear to be rather odd, or beneficial to the green blob, that our Prime Minister should become enchanted by the wiles of a card-carrying greenie?

  21. October 17, 2020 12:27 pm

    The term ‘sacrificial lamb’ comes to mind….

  22. Broadlands permalink
    October 17, 2020 1:11 pm

    Have any of these “experts”, climate-change physicians, been able to calculate what the Earth’s mean temperate will be when NET-zero is reached? Will the Earth have a fever? If so what will its temperature be? At the moment it is barely above the baseline reference value after hundreds of years of burning carbon for energy.

  23. Gerry, England permalink
    October 17, 2020 1:31 pm

    It is not as if the NHS is a shining example to anyone in the first place. Such a great idea that nobody else in the world has copied it. And as with everyone who praises the NHS there is usually then a bit on how to fix it – so it can’t be that great then. You don’t get many Ferrari owners saying that it is a great car but then give out a list of things that need fixing on it.

  24. October 17, 2020 5:53 pm

    A few weeks ago a California electric police car ran out of power during a chase event and the criminals got away.

    With heating/AC and all the critical equipment coupled with traffic snarls, waiting time at accident scenes, winter weather and loss of battery efficiency what could possibly go wrong

    The loss of 4/5 hours when charging after a couple of hours use with EMT’s waiting must be a disadvantage. I guess 2 EV ambulances and crews to replace one ICU ambulance is not a problem to the “woke” whiz kids who made the decision.

  25. Nancy & John Hultquist permalink
    October 17, 2020 6:40 pm

    Comments above miss the intriguing aspects of Vitamin D3 – – so I think.
    While called “the sunshine vitamin”, an exposed body has to be in good sun for a sufficient time for this to hold. Many people get very little exposure, especially in norther latitudes. Estimates indicate that about 45% of folks in the USA are low in D3, and likely the number is higher in the UK, Canada, and other northern areas.
    Supplements are inexpensive. Get a test if you take more than about 2.500 units.
    Secondly, also take (or get from food) adequate Zinc and one of the Zinc-ionophores.

    This is not just because of COVID19.
    This should not wait until you are sick and in a hospital bed.

    I am not a medical professional.
    Do your own research.

    • dave permalink
      October 19, 2020 8:20 am

      “Do your own research.”

      There are many scientific references, organised by topic, in “Vitamin D Wiki.”

  26. October 17, 2020 11:14 pm

    The more fake green power is connected to the grid
    – the higher the costs are
    – the lower mining taxes receipts are
    – The less nurses there can be on the wards

  27. October 19, 2020 4:06 am

    Looks like the new fashionable excuse to stop delivering health care.

  28. October 19, 2020 4:06 am

    Reblogged this on Citizens.

  29. jack broughton permalink
    October 19, 2020 12:34 pm

    The BMJ and Lancet were taken over by the climate-powergroup a few years ago. As with most of the meja in the UK they tolerate zero debate and are saving the world from itself. They totally ignore any criticism or comment on their madness. sadly, the believers have now got full media control in the UK. If Trump falls……………………..?

  30. EyeSee permalink
    October 20, 2020 10:34 am

    They should have time to deal with the blue light emergency that is the natural, mild, recent change in climate, now that they have convinced us that we shouldn’t rely on them for help, with health issues.

  31. Ray Sanders permalink
    October 20, 2020 10:35 pm

    “Moreover, our public institutions now work to an agenda beyond their main purpose.”

  32. Russ Wood permalink
    October 21, 2020 2:55 pm

    When I lived in the UK (until the 1970’s), I already had a poor opinion of the NHS. Poor optical services, poor dentistry (when you can get it), and most of the older hospitals were wrecks. With the Covid threat, when I saw Boris on TV with a ‘save the NHS’ logo, I knew the original idea had passed its ‘sell-by date’. Now, if it had said ‘ Save the PEOPLE’, I might have accepted it – but now the numbers are out of the people who died because the NHS had gone into a single-minded dementia and didn’t treat all of the OTHER problems.

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