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Doctors Want To See More Proactive Approach Taken Toward Clinical Waste

97 percent of doctors say they are concerned about their profession’s response to climate change and pollution.


It’s one of the findings of a new survey by the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.

The disposal process of medical waste has long been a concern, after tons of used medical products was found at illegal dumps here in Wicklow between 1996 and 2001.
In one incident, tubing from operations, along with discarded rubber gloves, and syringes as well as confidential patient health records and  account details were found illegally dumped at a two-acre site in the Glen of Imaal.
While that type of practice appears to have been addressed, consultant in Public Health Medicine, Dr. Ina Kelly says doctors want waste to be disposed of in a better way in the health system

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