More asthma deaths could be avoided if only more basic care could be provided. When the answer seems so simple it's hard to know why it can't be achieved. With a bit more thought, planning and effort the results could be significant.
Asthma UK, which questioned more than 4,500 patients, said two-thirds miss out on yearly check-ups, tailored advice and lessons in how to use their asthma inhalers. It says it is a slight improvement on a year ago but remains a bleak picture. In 2015 in the UK, 1,468 people died from an asthma attack - the highest level in a decade. The latest annual asthma care survey suggests: Eight in every 10 people with asthma do not have their condition under control Almost half of the respondents said their asthma symptoms got in the way of day-to-day life Although most said the care they received was either satisfactory or excellent, few received a full package of the most basic care