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Nurses back campaign to tackle fuel poverty

A Scottish campaign calling for the government to tackle fuel poverty is being backed by nurses as a way to reduce ill-health.

Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Scotland has joined environmental charity WWF Scotland and the Existing Homes Alliance to request that the Government increases investment in energy efficiency.

It is hoped that this will decrease the number of patients treated for conditions associated with living in cold and damp houses such as, asthma and other respiratory infections

The Government has already set a target for reducing fuel poverty by 2016, but campaigners feel that it should be doing more.

RCN Scotland director Theresa Fyffe said: “Nurses are on the front line of patient care and know only too well the real health problems linked to poverty.

“Children and the elderly are particularly at risk and every year we see up to 2,000 excess winter deaths in Scotland alone.

“We need to see greater investment in making our housing stock more energy efficient, therefore reducing illnesses related to damp, cold homes.”