Mark Hunter MP pledges support for Asthma UK’s campaign to reduce asthma deaths with better care

June 6, 2011 11:01 AM
Mark at the Asthma UK event in Parliament

Mark at the Asthma UK event in Parliament

Mark Hunter MP has pledged his support forAsthmaUK's campaign for higher standards of care in Cheadle and around the country to reduce asthma deaths.

The campaign follows a new survey of GPs byAsthmaUKand the Primary Care Respiratory SocietyUK(PCRS-UK) which shows that over half of GPs agree the number of deaths from asthma could be reduced with better care and a third think that asthma care should be prioritised more highly.

People with asthma also agree that care could be improved. Over 1,500 people have shared their experiences on Asthma UK's interactive map where they have been encouraged to get their asthma story 'off their chest'. The aim of the map is to highlight the real impact asthma has on lives across the UKand to show why the condition should be taken seriously. (www.asthma.org.uk/getitoffyourchest).

Mark has pledged to supportAsthma UK's campaign by (delete as appropriate) writing to influential stakeholders including the Secretary of State for Health, Cheadle PCT and Cheadle's regional respiratory programme board to put asthma firmly on the agenda and involve a range of local professionals and patients in the commissioning of services. He is pictured withAsthmaUKmascot, Puff the Dragon.

AsthmaUKis campaigning on behalf of people with asthma for national standards for asthma care in each part of theUK. InEnglandit is also calling on the Department of Health to demonstrate it is serious about asthma by keeping it a priority within the new NHS. People with asthma can help too. Those who haven't yet posted their story on the asthma map are being urged to go online now to make sure asthma isn't lost amongst the changes to the NHS.

Neil Churchill,AsthmaUKChief Executive says: 'I was delighted to see Mark at our reception and pledge his support for our campaign and agree to take action. Hopefully together we can demonstrate the life-changing impact asthma can have on people and influence others to make asthma a bigger priority in improving standards of care'.

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