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Outcomes of asthma and severe asthma cases in the UK are set to become the focus of a parliamentary review after concerns were raised that they have not been improving in recent years and are falling behind in international comparisons.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Respiratory Health has announced it will be launching an inquiry into asthma and severe asthma outcomes to explore why the UK “lags behind” its European counterparts in this area and why outcomes have stagnated.
Those behind the investigation will gather expert evidence on current and future best practice for severe asthma and also aim to highlight a list of recommendations to the government.
According to the all-party group, more than five million people in the UK are affected by asthma – one of the highest incidences of the condition in the world. Three people die every day from the condition in the nation and two-thirds of all asthma deaths are preventable.
The aim of the inquiry is to investigate why progress on asthma outcomes in the UK have stalled and to uncover what practical steps can be taken to address this.
Chair of the group Jim Shannon said he was “astonished and concerned that the UK has one of the highest levels of asthma in the world”.
“Our inquiry will look into the reasons for this, the variation in outcomes between the UK and other EU countries and the differences between asthma and severe asthma,” explained Mr Shannon.
“We need to understand why UK asthma lags behind other European countries, and we need to improve the outcomes for asthma and severe asthma sufferers, their families and carers.
“I am confident the inquiry will do just that.”