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Asthma: South West

Department of Health written question – answered on 14th March 2016.

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Photo of Oliver Colvile Oliver Colvile Conservative, Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department plans to create a specialist centre for severe asthma in the South West of England.

Photo of Oliver Colvile Oliver Colvile Conservative, Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many specialist centres for severe asthma there are in England.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Services for people with severe asthma are commissioned by NHS England in line with a national specification to ensure patient numbers are sufficient to support safe services. NHS England has no plans to change the way it commissions these services in south west England.

Nationally, there are 27 trusts that have identified themselves as providing severe asthma services. NHS England is revising the national service specification to assist local teams in verifying and redefining the local service model to confirm the severe asthma services within each region.

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