NHS ten year plan could mark a 'watershed moment' for millions with asthma

Responding to the NHS’ ten-year plan, released today [Monday 7 January 2018], Kay Boycott, Chief Executive of Asthma UK, said:

“The NHS’ plan could mark a watershed moment for the millions of adults and children with asthma. Around 1 in 11 people in England have asthma and every 10 seconds someone has a potentially life-threatening asthma attack. More people are admitted to hospital or die from asthma attacks in England than other countries - this is both highly traumatic for families and economically unsustainable for the NHS.

“It is hugely positive that the NHS is committing to reduce hospital admissions for people with asthma and that it will pilot “smart” inhalers. These potentially game-changing devices track how often and well people are taking their asthma medication so that those most at risk of asthma attacks can be identified and helped before they need hospital treatment. This will reduce the burden on GP practices and A&E. 

“We now need to see this plan become a reality and ensure that this much-needed focus on the latest technology is underpinned with a continued drive to share data effectively across the NHS. This will better identify those who need the most support and take us closer to stopping asthma attacks and taking pressure off the NHS.” 

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