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a man asthma inhaler imageJuly 26 2018

There were 1,320 deaths due to asthma in England and Wales in 2017, the highest level since 2001. While numbers had reduced , there has been a 25% increase in the number of annual deaths since the 1,003 deaths in 2007.

There has also been a 43% increase in asthma deaths in those aged 55-64 since 2016.

The figures contained in the Office of National Statistics report ‘Deaths registered in England and Wales: 2017’ has prompted Asthma UK to say that patients with difficult or severe asthma “aren’t getting the care they deserve.”

Kay Boycott, Chief Executive of Asthma UK, said: “It is shocking to see that asthma deaths in England and Wales are the highest they have been this century, with a worrying trend upwards since 2009. This is devastating for the families who have lost a loved one and highlights the urgent need to improve basic care for people with asthma.”

The 2014 National Review of Asthma Deaths (NRAD) showed that “two-thirds of deaths from asthma could be prevented with better basic care,” she said. This should include a yearly review with a GP or asthma nurse and a written asthma action plan. 

“It is deeply concerning that four years after this critical report, two-thirds of people with asthma in England and Wales are still not receiving basic care. We know that asthma is not taken seriously enough, as 1 in 6 people in the UK do not know or are unsure if the condition can be fatal. This complacency could be costing people’s lives.”

Ms Boycott has urged the NHS to ensure that people with asthma receive basic care to prevent avoidable deaths. 

Links:
ONS ‘Deaths registered in England and Wales: 2017’. July 18 2018.             
Asthma UK statement   

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