Tuesday, 6 May 2014

National Review of Asthma Deaths

The National Review of Asthma Deaths, something that Asthma UK has long pressed for, is the first UK wide investigation into asthma deaths. It was published today and here is Asthma UK's response: http://www.asthma.org.uk/stopasthmadeaths

Wales appears to suffer disproportionately, and not just because of our damp climate. Sound advice is subject to a postcode lottery. Not every health region has an asthma specialist in place, something that the health minister should surely look into.

Not every clinic or pharmacy teaches the proper use of inhalers. I was lucky in being corrected by Dr VL Jones in Morriston in the 1980s after being ill advised by a clinic in Sussex where I was working at the time. This appears to be a reversal of the usual pattern, where pharmacological advice is more readily available in England than in Wales.

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