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Wales sets out plans to halve MDI use

CMO annual report highlights the need to act on global warming

June 27th 2022

Tagged: Wales

By Ailsa Colquhoun

Ambitions to more than halve the use of metered dose inhalers in Wales have been set out by the Welsh chief medical officer in his 2022 report.

Restoring our Health puts climate change at the centre stage, noting that by the 2050s, Wales will experience a rise in annual temperatures of 1.2°C and a 6 per cent rise in winter rainfall.

A Sustainable Respiratory Care project has been launched to reduce use of MDIs from current 70 per cent levels to 25 per cent, said the CMO Sir Frank Atherton. Tools to support the project include a national respiratory implementation group, Greener Practice, and the Greener Primary Care Framework. GPs are also urged to use professional and patient apps and national lean respiratory guidelines which support the green transition.

Elsewhere in the plan for health in Wales, the CMP sets out plans to streamline the General Medical Services, and deliver care based on a footprint of GP geographic clusters.

In summer 2022, the Welsh Government has pledged to consult on, and publish, a Public Engagement Strategy setting out how the public sector in Wales can deliver ambitions to be collectively net-zero by 2030, as set out in Net Zero Wales.