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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Department of Health written question – answered on 27th February 2017.

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Photo of Lord Freyberg Lord Freyberg Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the findings of the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership’s National Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Audit Programme: National supplementary report published on 1 February.

Photo of Lord O'Shaughnessy Lord O'Shaughnessy The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

The pattern identified in the report was increasing number of admissions and readmission together with reduced length of stay and improved mortality. This reflects improvements in acute care for acute episodes in a long term condition for which there is no ultimate cure. The established pattern, backed up by epidemiological data, now appears to be one of increasingly frequent hospital admissions in the last years of life.

The Government expects National Health Service commissioners and providers to use the report, along with other evidence, to continue to improve services.

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