Dr Terry Tudor, a senior lecturer in Geographical and Environmental Sciences, recently joined a panel of experts at the Houses of Parliament to discuss strategies for minimising waste from the health and social care sector.
Other panel members included Alexandra Hammond, the Head of Sustainability at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, and Dr Frances Mortimer, the Medical Director of the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare.
Co-hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Health Group (APHG) and the All-Party Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group (APSRG), the parliamentary seminar was chaired by Neil Carmichael, MP. Neil Carmichael is also a member of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee.
The panel discussion and the networking session provided an opportunity for discussion on a number of issues including single use instruments, contracts and procurement, and the need for more enabling and joined up approaches, and accurate data.
Dr Tudor commented: “It was an excellent opportunity to liaise directly with policy makers and such an influential MP about the challenges faced in the sector. In addition, the Healthcare Wastes and Resources Research Group, which is hosted by the University of Northampton, will be working with the two parliamentary groups to host an international seminar in early 2016.”
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