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Are we nearing a turning point in children’s asthma services?

Asthma has become so common in the UK that there are, on average, at least two children with the condition in every classroom. Moreover, the familiarity of the condition may have bred complacency. The Royal College of Physicians (2014) National Review of Asthma Deaths warned that not enough was being done to reduce unnecessary admissions and deaths. The findings of the report were shocking, but perhaps unsurprising

Asthma has become so common in the UK that there are, on average, at least two children with the condition in every classroom. Moreover, the familiarity of the condition may have bred complacency. The Royal College of Physicians (2014) National Review of Asthma Deaths warned that not enough was being done to reduce unnecessary admissions and deaths. The findings of the report were shocking, but perhaps unsurprising.

Many of the recommendations it makes, from personal action plans to follow-up visits to emergency department, had been made before. But according to the National Paediatric Asthma Collaborative (NPAC), an umbrella group of experts set up after the report was published, we may now have reached a turning point.

Respiratory and general paediatric consultant at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital Richard Iles, who is NPAC clinical lead, last year authored a document for the NPAC in which he calls on staff

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