1. ITV Report

Plan to improve respiratory health in Wales

The Welsh Government has launched a plan to improve respiratory health in Wales.

Asthma UK estimates that around 95,000 children have asthma in Wales. Credit: PA

The plan, launched by Health Secretary Vaughan Gething, outlines work to improve smoking cessation services, better diagnose chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and reduce variation in prescribing.

Health boards have all committed to:

· Appointing a flu jab champion;

· Ensuring carbon monoxide monitoring and referral is routine smokers attending a respiratory outpatient appointment;

· Offering patients and parents asthma action plans for better self care;

· Improve access to exercise-based programmes for people with chronic respiratory conditions.

In 2015, 15% of adults in Wales were being treated for a respiratory condition.
Respiratory diseases caused more than 16% of all deaths in Wales.
Asthma UK estimates that around 95,000 children have asthma in Wales.

Improving the respiratory health of the people of Wales is a major challenge for healthcare services. With this plan, we hope to improve the quality of life for many patients with acute or chronic respiratory diseases.

This plan will support health boards to provide more consistent services across Wales and to deliver services reaching national standards of care for respiratory disease.

– Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething

We are delighted that the Welsh Government is continuing to provide leadership with a new extended Respiratory Health Delivery Plan.

The plan recognises the need to invest in pulmonary rehabilitation, NERS and self-management in order to keep people with lung conditions active, informed and out of hospital.

We now need health boards to respond positively and deliver the plan locally to improve the lives of their citizens.

– Joseph Carter, Head of Wales British Lung Foundation