A group of doctors, nurses and other health professionals launch their campaign for an end to fracking in England on Wednesday 21st November 2018.
The launch took place at an event in Barlborough, Derbyshire, hosted by CHPUK patron Dr Ian Fairlie. Dr Fairlie is an internationally recognised consultant in environmental radiation. His published research is particularly concerned with the health effects of radioactive emissions. He spoke to the audience on his professional concerns relating to the health and environmental impacts of fracking.
Dr Ian Fairlie on accepting the role of Patron of Concerned Health Professionals UK said:
“Given the serious health problems facing us all from air pollution through to global climate change. The establishment of Concerned health Professionals of the UK is a timely initiative. I look forward to working with colleagues in the discipline of Public Health to ascertain, analyse and act upon our many concerns in the UK today.”
The organisation are calling on fellow Concerned Health Professionals to sign their open letter to the Prime Minister, urging a halt to fracking on the basis of significant evidence of risks and harms to health. CHPUK is affiliated with Medact, whose 2015 & 2016 reports into the health impacts of fracking found serious concerns.
Dr Deirdre Duff, Fossil Free Health Campaigner with Medact said:
“We welcome the formulation of Concerned Health Professionals UK and look forward to hosting a joint event with them on fracking and fossil fuel divestment in Leeds during January 2019.”
“Fracking poses concerning health risks to both local and global communities. We cannot afford to burn all the fossil fuels in currently operating extraction sites if we are to avoid catastrophic, irreversible climate change. So, the idea of starting new fracking projects in the UK is absurd.”
“Fossil fuel driven climate change is already impacting the health of millions and threatens to reverse the last half century of gains in global health development. Like CHPUK we wish to see an urgent ban on fracking and look forward to working with them as they strive to achieve this.”
The launch of CHPUK follows the success of Concerned Health Professionals New York where they achieved a fracking ban in New York. Also Concerned Health professionals of Ireland, who celebrated a victory in 2017 a vote to ban fracking was passed by the Irish Parliament.
Meanwhile in England, fracking commenced in October for the first time since 2011. Large parts of England are currently facing fracking which is not permitted in Scotland or Wales.
Carol Hutchinson a former Senior Nurse responsible for Clinical Governance and Clinical Risk said:
“Evidence clearly indicates that the health of people living and working within 1.5KM of a fracking site will be most at risk, in particular, that of women of child bearing age and those with chronic health conditions.”
“Is our government willing to take these risks with our health? Personally, I find it entirely unacceptable that there are no acceptable minimal set back distance’s imposed on the industry through regulation, within the much trumpeted ‘Gold Standard Regulations’.”