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asthmaDecember 10 2014

Asthma UK is campaigning to ensure that every person with asthma has a written asthma action plan and is given care that meets national clinical standards.

It has renewed its call following new research that shows “eight out of ten people are still not receiving care that meets the basic clinical standards.” It points out that the National Review of Asthma Deaths earlier in the year had highlighted the complacency about care.

Asthma UK’s survey also found a “shocking level of variation” across the UK, with only 14% of people in London receiving care that meets national standards. In Northern Ireland the percentage is 35%.

It points out that the health secretary has said that every person with asthma should have an action plan by 2015. However, the latest figures show that “without urgent action at national and local level this target will not be met, as only 30% of people with asthma have a written action plan. People who use a written action plan are four times less likely to have to go to hospital for their asthma.”

Kay Boycott, Chief Executive of Asthma UK, commented: “Good asthma care is essential but we are still seeing too much variation in care across the UK. This means that there is an asthma postcode lottery; one where the gamble really is life or death.

“Six months ago the National Review of Asthma Deaths identified that two thirds of asthma deaths could be prevented with better care as well as highlighting prescribing errors of a horrifying scale. This is simply unacceptable when every day, three families’ lives are devastated by the death of a loved one from an asthma attack, and tragically many have to live with the knowledge that these deaths could have been so easily prevented.

“There would be a national outcry if guidelines weren’t followed for other conditions; we absolutely have to end the complacency surrounding asthma care.”

It is estimated that asthma costs the NHS each year more than £1billion in medicines, GP visits and hospital admissions. On average the cost of an emergency admission for asthma is 23 times the cost of an annual asthma review, but the research highlights that almost a quarter of people with asthma have not had an annual review in the last year. T

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Asthma UK statement

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