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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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Poor care leading to 'needless' Asthma deaths

Asthma patients are dying needlessly because of poor care, a scathing report has found.

The RCP examined 195 asthma deaths, including 28 children. Credit: PA

The Royal College of Physicians said there were "major avoidable factors" in around two thirds of the asthma deaths they examined.

Experts pointed to poor information, education and advice given to patients on how to manage their condition as to reasons behind avoidable asthma deaths.

These factors are leading to a large number of deaths which could otherwise have been prevented, the report says.

In the UK, three people die from asthma every day and every 10 seconds someone suffers from a potentially life-threatening attack.

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