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NICE opens consultation on effects of a cold home

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has opened a consultation on draft guidance on how to reduce the risk of death and ill health associated with living in a cold home.

Responding to the latest update, HHIC director Roger Webb commented: “A cold home can significantly increase the likelihood of ill health, including high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, influenza, asthma and other respiratory diseases as well as hypothermia.

“Supporting people to install appropriate measures that will not only enhance their living conditions, making their homes warmer but will also have a significant effect on improving their health.”

The HHIC supports the new NICE draft guidelines. These include identifying those at risk, ensuring that a referral is made for insulation or heating improvements if necessary and raising awareness of local systems and services to help people living in homes that are too cold.

Mr Webb added: “There are multiple benefits to be gained, most importantly we could prevent ill health or even death whilst reducing energy bills. Secondary benefits include reducing the ongoing costs to the NHS involved in repeatedly treating individuals, and we would see a reduction in our carbon emissions through the installation of more energy-efficient products.”

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