To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 5 June 2019 to Question 257660 on Asthma: Health Services, what steps he is taking to ensure that severe asthma services are located within a reasonable travel distance for as large a number of patients as possible.
There are 14 severe asthma centres in England. To ensure patients have access to the right services within a reasonable distance, severe asthma collaborative networks are being established. This is part of the NHS England Specialised Commissioning team’s severe asthma collaborative project to improve severe asthma care within localities. The project aims to improve patient experience, outcomes and safety through improved access to specialist multidisciplinary teams for assessment and review. All specialised providers involved 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 also report against national quality metrics for severe asthma services on an annual basis.