New asthma care 'could change millions of lives'

We're delighted that a quality standard is now in place for asthma. This will really help to improve the quality of care provided for one of the most common long-term conditions - so its no exaggeration to say that if this is successful, it could change millions of lives.

We're particularly pleased to see the inclusion of personal asthma action plans. People who have an action plan are four times less likely to need to be admitted to hospital, but only a tiny proportion of people with asthma are currently offered one. Making sure this is implemented will be the next key test of asthma care in the NHS.

– Emily Humphreys, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at Asthma UK

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Asthma care standard improved

The health watchdog wants to change the way people with asthma are cared for and improve the quality of care patients receive in England.