Published on 25/02/2010
Health charity Asthma
UK has called for further funding to back the Royal College of Nursing's (RCN) new campaign that aims to increase access for patients with long-term conditions to specialist nurses.
According to the RCN's latest appeal, the provision of expert guidance on the management of chronic illnesses, such as asthma, could save the NHS millions through fewer hospital admissions and reduced patient complications.
Experts suggest that the support of specialist nurses would help patients manage their symptoms by taking prescribed medications correctly and at the right time, for example.
Simon Selo, director of policy and services at Asthma UK, said: "Every seven minutes in the UK, a person is rushed to hospital fighting for breath as a result of their asthma.
"Yet we know that around 75 per cent of emergency admissions could be avoided if people with asthma had better day to day control of their condition."
National statistics show that 5.4 million people in the UK are currently living with asthma, 1.1 million of which are children.
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