Asthma UK Figures Highlight ‘Desperate Need’ For Better Care

Expert Demands Changes Following New Research


A clinical negligence expert at Irwin Mitchell has called for improvements to be seen in asthma treatment following the release of concerning new figures.

Research by Asthma UK has found that around 50 per cent of GPs feel that the number of deaths linked to the condition could be cut if an improvement is seen in the levels of care available.

It also revealed that doctors believe both their and the public’s understanding of the condition should be improved.

Asthma UK suggested that up to 75 per cent of emergency hospital admissions for asthma could be prevented through an improved focus on better management and routine care in the NHS.

Mandy Luckman, a Partner and clinical negligence specialist at Irwin Mitchell’s Birmingham office, said it was vital that a reaction is seen to the research.

“The findings of this Asthma UK study are deeply concerning and highlight clearly that many GPs admit deaths related to the condition could be prevented through improvement in care standards,” she outlined.

“It is absolutely vital that every effort is made to address this issue and ensure that patients always receive the treatment they need.

“Many of the cases we are involved in highlight the dangers of failing to provide necessary care at the right time. This research shows that the NHS cannot rest on its laurels and must recognise the massive benefits that better training can offer.”