Turning off electricity, recycling papers, replacing insulation or changing an old boiler is worth talking about. Try convincing your PCT manager if you work in a PCT-owned building.
Encouraging your patients to become vegetarian or cut down on meat and dairy products? Another impossible task. I'm a vegetarian and if I tell my patients how good I feel, they just laugh.
Stopping unnecessary home visits is the only way forward to go green. A patient requesting a visit should be asked: 'How could they ask or even think of requesting a visit?' They should be reminded about the future of their children and grandchildren. A terminally-ill patient living on their own is visited by their GP, practice nurse, district nurse, phlebotomist, Macmillan nurse, social worker, pharmacist, community matron and sometimes a dietician. Just calculate the carbon footprint. Can that be reduced?
Under a deal between the RCGP and the Carbon Trust, practices will be offered an interest-free loan of £50,000 to invest in green improvements (GP, 11 December).
I say let GPs decide how they would like to invest that money.
If given that money, I will buy a low emission car for myself and a moped for my practice team.
Dr Anita Sharma, Oldham, Greater Manchester