Report on inquiry into respiratory deaths
The APPG on Respiratory Health held a 12-month inquiry into respiratory deaths.
The inquiry investigated 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 key recommendations called for:
- Investment in national infrastructure for respiratory disease. This includes a funded Strategic Clinical Network for respiratory or a programme to implement the Outcomes Strategy for Asthma and COPD.
- Increased investment into respiratory medical research, so that it is proportional to the burden posed by respiratory diseases.
- Greater awareness of respiratory conditions, such as through a national awareness campaign for early symptoms. This campaign should be aimed at the public as well as healthcare professionals.
- Lung function testing to be included as part of the NHS Health Check for those over 40.
- Full access to pulmonary rehabilitation services for all COPD patients who need it and provision of post-rehabilitation exercise classes
The report on the inquiry into respiratory deaths was published in June 2014.