It is interesting that our Government is planning no cuts to the NHS when other budgets are being slashed. I’m sure when most people think about NHS expenditure they imagine salaries for Dr’s, nurses, adminstrators and managers; as well as medication and medical equipment.
But the NHS spends money on all kinds of weird and wonderful projects. Take the carbon reduction programme Nottingham and Notts Primary Care Trust has funded Nottingham Energy Partnership to deliver for the last 2 years.
This project aims to calculate and reduce the total carbon footprint across the Primary Care Trust in Nottingham and Notts.
This projects ‘achievements’ over these 2 years include:
– Making buildings more efficient e.g. installing new boilers
– Installed renewable energy sources e.g. solar panels
– Improved data on carbon useage
– Improved travel plans for staff
– Better segregation of waste which helps recycling efforts
– Over 50 staff trained as in house ‘champions’.
Of course installing new boilers may save money in the long run, but apart from measures to save money, I fail to see what positive effect this would have on patients.
Now I know some of you may argue that carbon reduction is crucial; but I still fail to see how measuring the useage of carbon is good value for money.
And there are many more dubious projects being funded by your taxes.
Follow the link below to read more about this project.