Asthma UK responds to a report by BLF showing air pollution levels near health centres are exceeding safe limits

New analysis published today [Thursday 25 October] by the British Lung Foundation (BLF), and the Cambridge Environmental Research Consultants (CERC) found that more than 2,000 health centres in Great Britain are in areas which exceed safe air pollution limits.

Joe Farrington-Douglas, Head of Policy and External Affairs, at Asthma UK, said:

“It beggars belief that people who are going to hospitals and health centres when they are at their most vulnerable and need medical help to get better, are being forced to breathe in dirty air.

“It is particularly dangerous for the 5.4 million people in the UK with asthma, as air pollution is a common cause of life-threatening asthma attacks. We’re calling on the Government to develop a new Clean Air Act which will help clean up pollution hotspots and keep everyone, especially those with asthma, safe. For more information visit:”