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Consultation on a strategy for services for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in England: Government response to the consultation

 

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Consultation on a strategy for services for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in England: Government response to the consultation

As outlined in the consultation document published in February 2010, recent reports and research have highlighted the issues in relation to the current provision of COPD services in England.

COPD presents a huge challenge to society, both now and in the future. Approximately 835,000 people in England have been diagnosed with COPD , however we estimate that over 3 million people have the disease. The harsh reality is that one person dies every twenty minutes from COPD in England and Wales, about 25,000 people a year. More …….