Nil by mouth about air­port ex­pan­sion

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - ARMELLE THOMAS Har­mondsworth

IT is re­as­sur­ing that Dr Ian Good­man, Chair­man of Hilling­don Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group is con­cerned about the 590 women who will need to travel fur­ther within the bor­ough to re­ceive their free con­tra­cep­tive coil (Gazette, Jan­uary 13).

How­ever read­ers should note that this GP is less in­ter­ested in the thou­sands of peo­ple who would have their health de­stroyed by Heathrow ex­pan­sion.

When given the op­por­tu­nity to write a health im­pact as­sess­ment dur­ing the Davies Com­mis­sion’s con­sul­ta­tion, which from 2012-15 looked into the pos­si­bil­ity of a third run­way at Heathrow, Dr Good­man did noth­ing. Fur­ther­more, the CCG could have pressed to give ev­i­dence at the con­sul­ta­tion event in Sip­son in De­cem­ber 2014 but again Dr Good­man did noth­ing.

It has been left to res­i­dents and cam­paign­ers to push govern­ment to con­sider the ef­fect that in­creases in pol­lu­tion, noise and stress will have on our pop­u­la­tion and the fi­nan­cial cost to the NHS. Per­haps Dr Good­man might now like to get in touch with the Avi­a­tion En­vi­ron­ment Fed­er­a­tion to join the de­mands for a health im­pact as­sess­ment BE­FORE a govern­ment de­ci­sion is made on Heathrow ex­pan­sion. To coin a phrase of­ten used, do­ing noth­ing is not an op­tion.

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