Dr Samantha Walker, Director of Research and Policy at Asthma UK, said: “People with asthma tell us that it can be difficult to book an appointment with their GP or nurse, so this new research shows how absolutely vital it is that they persist, are not fobbed off and are able to get the help they need. Asthma is a highly variable condition and symptoms can worsen very quickly. Three people die of an asthma attack every day and two of these deaths are preventable with better basic care. It’s essential that access to GP care for asthma patients improves to keep them out of hospital. One in six people who receive emergency treatment for an asthma attack need emergency treatment again within two weeks.”
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