All Party Parliamentary Group on Respiratory Health

We're working together with Asthma UK to provide support to a group of over 70 parliamentarians who are members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Respiratory Health.

APPGs are informal, cross-party, groups of backbench MPs and Peers interested in a particular issue.The APPG aims to increase awareness of respiratory issues in Parliament, campaign for change and to ensure that government policies continue to improve care and services for people with respiratory disease.

The group holds a number of meetings in Parliament every year.

The inquiry into premature mortality for respiratory diseases

Respiratory disease affects one in five people in the UK, is responsible for around 1 million hospital admissions each year and is the third biggest cause of death in the UK.

The APPG recently held a 12-month inquiry into respiratory deaths. The inquiry asked about why premature mortality from respiratory disease remains so high and how death rates could be improved. The inquiry focussed in particular on two conditions: COPD and asthma, which together affect around 6 million people in the UK.

The report on the inquiry into respiratory deaths was published in June 2014.

Download the inquiry into respiratory deaths report


COPD Oral Evidence session

During the inquiry into respiratory deaths, the APPG held several oral evidence sessions and a call for written evidence. The submissions from over 50 individuals and organisations form the basis of the findings in its report. One of the oral evidence sessions was around COPD.

The BLF organised this session in the Palace of Westminister where evidence was given by a series of reknowned experts and clinicians, including:

  • Prof David Strachan - Professor of Epidemiology at St George's, University of London
  • Prof Mike Morgan - Respiratory National Clinical Director for NHS England
  • Prof Mike Roberts - Respiratory physician, academic and clinical lead for the national COPD audit programme

Officers of the APPG:

Stephen McPartland MP
Chair of the APPG on Respiratory Health

Roger Williams MP
Vice-chair of the APPG on Respiratory Health

John Woodcock MP
Vice-chair of the APPG on Respiratory Health