Asthma: Health Services

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 26 July 2019.

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Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Labour, Barnsley Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the publication of three regulation 28 (Prevention of Future Death) Reports on asthma deaths, what steps he is taking to ensure that severe asthma sufferers are referred to specialist services.

Photo of Seema Kennedy Seema Kennedy The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

It is expected that National Health Service patients with severe asthma are referred to their specialist asthma service where they will receive appropriate investigation and treatment. All specialised providers are required to develop a networked model of care as the vehicle for delivering an optimal pathway and maximising patient outcomes and experience. All specialised services report against national quality metrics for severe asthma services on an annual basis. Commissioner action is initiated with individual hospitals to address significant issues.

The NHS England Specialised Commissioning team is running a severe asthma collaborative project to improve patient experience, outcomes and safety through improved access to specialist multidisciplinary teams (MDT) for assessment and review.

All patients newly diagnosed with severe asthma will receive an MDT review of their care by a specialist asthma MDT, hosted by one of the 14 designated severe asthma centres in England. Patients requiring acute admission will be cared for within a commissioned severe asthma centre where clinically appropriate.

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