Asthma UK respond to concerns raised by Government regarding the number of child deaths to asthma attacks

Kay Boycott, Chief Executive at Asthma UK, said: "MPs from all parties have being calling for action on the National Review of Asthma Deaths ever since its publication, including in last week's Westminster Hall debate. The Public Health Minister, Jane Ellison, has acknowledged that the Government is concerned about the number of children dying from asthma, but almost a year after the National Review was published government plans to implement the national recommendations have not yet resulted in any concrete change. We know parents who have lost a child to a fatal asthma attack want action now to stop any more families experiencing the devastation caused by the preventable death of a child. The National Review highlighted complacency in asthma care and shockingly revealed that two thirds of deaths could be prevented with basic routine care, while our own research from 2014 found that 8 out of 10 people with asthma in England still do not receive care that meets even the most basic standards. Every 10 seconds someone is having a potentially life threatening asthma attack and with the one year anniversary of the National Review of Asthma Deaths fast approaching, we are calling on MPs across the House to ensure that complacency about asthma ends and significant political commitment is given to implementing the recommendations of the National Review of Asthma Deaths."

Emma Ferns, whose nine year old daughter tragically died from an asthma attack, said: "I don't feel at all satisfied by the care Kaylah received for her asthma. Asthma gets treated like it's the common cold. It's not taken seriously enough, even amongst healthcare professionals. If anything positive can come out of what happened to Kaylah, it's people understanding how serious asthma can be and healthcare professionals helping them to know their risks. I hope MPs can do more to help to put a stop to the needless deaths of children like my daughter from preventable asthma attacks."

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