The UK has the second highest respiratory death rate in Europe. Sarah Woolnough, CEO of Asthma + Lung UK, discusses why this is, what’s being done about it, and what more we should be doing.

From issues around awareness, and delays in getting treatment, to obstacles related to funding and training, challenges are rife within the realm of respiratory healthcare.

Sarah Woolnough discusses the potential solutions, and the current inequalities that cause people in the UK’s poorest communities to be seven times more likely to die from a lung condition.

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“There are very stark inequalities in lung health and we really need to understand the causes of lung-ill health — tobacco, toxic air, poverty, lack of nutritious food, damp and mouldy housing… we want to see the fundamental causes of lung conditions tackled.”

Lung ill-health in the UK: The shocking numbers

  • Lung conditions are the third biggest killer across the UK, affecting one in 5 of us across the course of our life
  • £9.6 billion is the cost of lung ill-health to the NHS
  • The UK has the second highest respiratory death rate in Europe
  • Britain’s poorest communities are seven times more likely to die from a lung condition

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