England’s anaesthetic ban 'not supported by science’ says scientist

NHS England is banning desflurane in a bid to reach its net zero target, despite a climate scientist saying concerns are unfounded.

Desflurane is 2,500 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, and the NHS says it is ‘decommissioning’ the anaesthetic by early 2024 to help reduce ‘harmful emissions’.

It follows Scotland, which became the first country in the world in March 2023 to ban desflurane in hospitals due to its environmental impact.

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