Dealing with the worst housing hazards could save the NHS in Wales £67 million a year

Publication Date: 6th May 2014

Subject: Public health

Delegates at the “Public Health: Underpinning Wellbeing” conference of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health in Cardiff on 7 May will hear that action and advocacy on housing in Wales could save the NHS £67 million a year.

Speaking in the Bryn Jones Memorial Lecture, Stephen Battersby, environmental health and housing consultant, will say that exported costs of poor housing such as time off work and poorer educational attainment costs Wales a further £100 million a year.

Half the £1.5 billion needed to address poor housing in Wales is associated with tackling cold homes.

Dr Battersby will ask some big questions - do those most in need of support and help know about the help that is available? Are Government and local authority interventions focussed on the greatest risk and are they addressing health inequalities?

Speaking ahead of the conference, Julie Barratt, Director of CIEH Wales, said: “Evidence shows that a warm dry home is fundamental to good health. The costs of poor housing is huge, not just for individuals in terms of their health, wellbeing and potential, but for the NHS, for employers and for the country as a whole. In the current economic climate we need to make sure that we are targeting interventions that deliver the best results at every level.”

The conference, now in its eighth year, will feature top class international speakers and will be a major debate about how public health should best be delivered. There are many facets to wellbeing and there are many ways in which public health initiatives underpin it.

Notes to editors: 

  • For media enquiries please contact Brian Cowan on 020 7827 5922 or 07721 456727 or email 
  • Julie Barratt is available for interview

About the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health: 

  • The CIEH is the professional voice for environmental health representing over 10,000 members working in the public, private and non-profit sectors. It ensures the highest standards of professional competence in its members, in the belief that through environmental health action people's health can be improved 
  • The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) is a leading provider of regulated qualifications in health and safety, food safety, environmental management, fire safety and first aid and operates in over 50 countries
  • Over 10 million people around the world from the UK to the USA and the Middle East hold a CIEH qualification
  • The CIEH’s clients range from small businesses to multinational enterprises like the InterContinental Hotels Group. We work with governmental bodies in Hong Kong as well as international agencies like the United Nations
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