Independent report

Chief Medical Officer annual report 2017: health impacts of all pollution – what do we know?

Professor Dame Sally Davies's ninth independent report as CMO discusses the threat to health posed by pollution to people living in England.



The Chief Medical Officer’s annual report for 2017 presents evidence and debate around:

  • pollution caused by healthcare
  • pollution and health inequalities
  • new pollution issues
  • measurement and communication of risks

The Chief Medical Officer makes recommendations to government, the NHS, Public Health England and other agencies for action to improve the health system’s response to all types of pollution.

The report also considers:

  • changes needed to better understand emerging threats
  • bringing together sources of information to give public health professionals a better idea of how to improve the health of people at a local level
Published 2 March 2018
Last updated 15 March 2018 + show all updates
  1. An accessible version of the report has replaced the previous one.
  2. First published.