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COPD & Asthma Outcomes Strategy - formal parliamentary annoucement

The Outcomes Strategy for COPD and Asthma was formally announced with this Written Ministerial Statement which was laid before Parliament at 10am on Monday 18 July 2011

COPD & Asthma Outcomes Strategy - formal parliamentary annoucement

NHS Medical Director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, British Lung Foundation Chief Executive Dame Helena Shovelton, Joint National Clinical Directors Dr Robert Winter and Professor Sue Hill and Asthma UK Chief Executive Neil Churchill at the Ministerial Launch

WRITTEN MINISTERIAL STATEMENT

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

National outcomes strategy for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma

Monday 18 July 2011

The Secretary of State for Health (Mr Andrew Lansley):  I am publishing today an Outcomes Strategy for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Asthma.

The Outcomes Strategy for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Asthma identifies the overarching objectives that will help transform respiratory care in England. The outcomes strategy will help local commissioners to identify the key dimensions of a quality service, and to complement other related local and national initiatives, such as the clinical guidelines developed by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence and the Public Health and NHS Outcomes Frameworks.

The strategy does not define how each aspect of care should be delivered. We think services need to be sensitively planned and appropriately delivered in response to the needs of each local community.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) affects over three million people in England, with one in eight people over 35 having COPD that has not been properly identified or diagnosed. One person dies from COPD every 20 minutes in England, around 25,000 deaths a year. Too often people are diagnosed late in the course of the disease when the disease is severe and disabling. More than five million people receive treatment for asthma, with around 1000 deaths a year, the majority of which are preventable.

As we have developed the strategy we have had extensive engagement with people with COPD and asthma and their carers. The strategy offers a real opportunity to make a difference to people with respiratory disease. With better-coordinated and integrated services we can provide care that better meets the complex needs of people with these conditions.

  The Outcomes Strategy for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Asthma has been placed in the Library. Copies are available for hon Members from the Vote Office and to noble Lords from the Printed Paper Office.

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 Note:

The Outcomes Strategy can be downloaded from the Department of Health website at:

http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/DH_127974