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We need to back plans for lung health

Tell the government to support plans to boost the nation’s lung health and to take pressure off the NHS.

Progress in tackling lung disease has stalled. Diagnosis is slow and there are wide variations in the care patients receive across the country.

People are suffering because lung health is being neglected.

Lung disease is the third biggest killer in the UK. It affects over 12 million people and costs £11 billion a year.

Despite this, little has been done to adapt our health services to deal with the burden of lung disease or to transform the care people receive.

The Taskforce for Lung Health has just launched a new five year plan to improve lung health in England. This plan will drive real changes in how we prevent, diagnose and treat lung disease. We now need to make sure that the plan is carried out so that patients can get the best possible care and outcomes. The plan builds on the new respiratory programme in the NHS long-term plan.

In Scotland, a care plan is being developed but it needs to be properly funded and prioritised, and the plans already in place in Wales need support through local investment if they are going to be successful.

The NHS turns 70 this summer. This is a chance to celebrate the many brilliant achievements of the health service but also to think about how the NHS will face future challenges.

That’s why we’re supporting the new plan for lung health in England, and campaigning for improvements in Wales and Scotland. To make the NHS fit for the future, and to improve care for lung patients now.

Tell your MP, MSP or AM 

Let your representative know you support a national plan for lung health.

We want to make sure decision makers know that people are suffering because lung disease is being neglected and that we need to support a plan to turn things around.

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