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 Clinical Director: 'Patients should have a care plan'

Professor Mike Morgan, NHS England's national clinical director for respiratory services, said: "These statistics are a call to action.

"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.

A top professor has said that inhaler technique and knowledge of their condition should be managed. Credit: Clive Gee/PA

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

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