The cocktail of pollution and pollen in London kills people. Politicians should spend a night on the wards to see the harm
Thu 12 Jul 2018
As mayor of London, . We see the consequences of this inaction each night in A&E. for London is a step in the right direction. He put a £10 charge on the most toxic vehicles entering the city, promises to raise emissions standards for diesel vehicles by next year, and wants to start phasing out diesel buses. But, frankly, this is not good enough. Every day we have to wait is another day that my ward fills with children desperate for breath.
Paris plans to ban diesel cars by 2024 and petrol cars by 2030. There’s no reason that London shouldn’t beat them to it. The financial incentives are strong. Air pollution costs Britain more than £20bn each year. Even the most aggressive regulatory action will cost us only a fraction of that total.
It would take immense pressure off our NHS. And it would save tens of thousands of lives each year. If only those in charge of making decisions could spend one night in A&E with me to see what it’s like on the frontline of this crisis.
- Guddi Singh is a paediatric doctor in London and a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine