Robert Peston supports the battle for breath
Robert Peston, the political editor for ITV, explains why we need a respiratory taskforce, bringing together people affected by lung conditions, clinicians, health charities and policy experts to tackle lung disease and transform care.
Our new report reveals that lung disease costs the UK a staggering £11 billion each year. Estimating the economic burden of respiratory illness in the UK, breaks down the cost of respiratory health to the NHS and society by lung condition.
Despite billions of pounds being spent, respiratory healthcare remains hit and miss across the country. Clearly, we're spending a lot of money, but not very well.
The report outlines that while more than 12 million people are living with a lung condition in the UK, the NHS and governments in England and Scotland have no strategy in place to improve services for patients. This is despite lung disease being the UK’s third biggest killer and the UK having the fourth highest lung disease mortality rate in Europe.