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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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NHS: Asthma stats a 'call to action'

Data showing two thirds of asthma deaths could have been prevented are a "are a call to action for commissioners, health professionals and patients," according to a health chief.

Professor Mike Morgan, NHS England's national clinical director for respiratory services, said:

Every patient should have a care plan which should be regularly reviewed and patients should be supported to manage their asthma, including effective inhaler technique and knowledge of their condition.

Treatment should adhere to clinical and prescribing guidelines.

In February last year, National Institute of Health and Care Excellence produced a set of quality standards which make it clear local commissioners should integrate services so that asthma sufferers receive a consistently high quality service from childhood to adulthood.

– Professor Mike Morgan

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