Temperature: Health Hazards

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 2nd August 2022.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help protect (a) elderly and (b) all people from the negative health effects of high temperatures.

Photo of Maggie Throup Maggie Throup The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The UK Health Security Agency’s (UKHSA) ‘Heatwave Plan for England’ provides guidance for the National Health Service and other professional bodies to reduce the risks to health from prolonged exposure to severe heat, including elderly people. The UKHSA and the Met Office issue heat alerts to relevant health and social care professionals, providing advance warning of high temperatures to ensure that the impact of heat on people's health is minimised.

The Department of Health and Social Care and the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities have engaged with local resilience forums to raise awareness of the latest guidance, including heat health toolkits.

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