NHS Somerset aims to improve health, reduce inequalities and improve the quality of life of people in the area.
The Trust understands its social and environmental responsibility as an organisation. It recognises that as a provider of healthcare, it has a significant impact on the local environment. The Trust is committed to managing and minimising these impacts.
'Climate change endangers health in fundamental ways. The warming of the planet will be gradual, but the effects of extreme weather events – more storms, floods, droughts and heat waves – will be abrupt and acutely felt. Both trends can affect some of the most fundamental determinants of health: air, water, food, shelter, and freedom from disease.'
Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (2008)
‘We are facing a global public health catastrophe, and as a health and healthcare community, we must use our knowledge, skills, influence and networks as urgently and effectively as possible to reduce its impact.’
Dr Alan Maryon-Davis, President of the Faculty of Public Health, 2006