Asthma UK Chief Executive says NHS treatment of the condition is 'complacent'

Asthma UK Chief Executive says NHS treatment of the condition is 'complacent'

An inhaler typically used by an asthma sufferer

Monday, August 29, 2016

Asthma charity chief Kay Boycott claims "complacency" has settled across the NHS following a report which revealed there are more than 1,000 needless deaths a year from the condition.

There are several different types of asthma, a condition where the lungs get inflamed periodically and potentially tighten, resulting in difficulties in breathing. Treatments cost the UK a roughly £1.1billion a year.

But Boycott, the chief executive of Asthma UK, highlighted how people aren't taking the necessary steps to reduce the risk of attacks.

"It's quite a complicated condition to manage, but there is an asthma action plan," she told Penny Smith. "This lets you know when to take your medication, what your triggers are, how to deal with them, how to seek medical advice and what to do in the event of an attack. 

"We know only about a third of people with asthma have got those, despite it being something which is supposed to happen in basic care. Not everyone is having a yearly asthma review or their inhaler technique checked.

"The Royal College of Physicians has said complacency has settled across the healthcare system. Always make sure you have your inhaler, always take your medication regularly as prescribed and know what to do in the event of an asthma attack."