Health: Respiratory Disease

House of Lords written question – answered on 27th March 2014.

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Photo of Baroness Masham of Ilton Baroness Masham of Ilton Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to set up a funded Strategic Clinical Network for respiratory conditions; and what other steps they are taking to ensure that the Outcomes Strategy for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma is implemented fully across England.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Government's mandate to NHS England sets out the requirement for the National Health Service to demonstrate progress on preventing people from dying prematurely from respiratory disease. NHS England and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) have responsibility for determining the overall national approach to achieve this and improve clinical outcomes from healthcare services for people with respiratory disease, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma.

NHS England advises that it has no current plans nationally to establish or fund respiratory strategic clinical networks.

In December 2013, NHS England published Our Ambition to Reduce Premature Mortality: A resource to support commissioners in setting a level of ambition. This resource sets out the high-impact interventions that CCGs can commission to improve outcomes for people with physical health conditions such as COPD and asthma. This resource currently has sections on the treatment and management of COPD and refers and links to the Outcomes Strategy for COPD and Asthma and its Companion Document. The resource can be found at:

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