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Warning over 'needless' asthma deaths

Poor care is leading some asthma patients to die needlessly, a damning new report has found. Experts from the Royal College of Physicians found at least one "major potential avoidable factor" in 67% of the asthma deaths they investigated.

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'Doctors, patients and families fail to spot Asthma signs'

Dr Levy from the Royal College of Physicians said that "doctors, patients and their families failed to recognise life-threatening danger signs of asthma".

Asthma patients are dying needlessly as a result of poor care, a damning new report has found. Some 1,242 people died from asthma in 2012.

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The review said: "It might be that in these cases people were complacent about their asthma and we feel that the majority of these people did not know what to do - they did not recognise the danger signs they did not know how or when to call for help."

He said that three quarters of those who died did not have a personalised asthma plan which would have provided them with this information.

Charity Asthma UK said that prescribing errors were detected in 47% of the deaths studied.

There are 5.4 million people in the UK who suffer from the condition.

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