Dr Lisa Davies, consultant lung specialist and Chair of the British Thoracic Society’s Board, said:
“In this country we often diagnose lung conditions too late when treatment is less likely to be effective. Spirometry, delivered by trained healthcare staff, is a critical tool in a wider national push to achieve early and accurate diagnosis of lung disease.
We also need to ramp up investment in public awareness campaigns and roll out the use of ‘lung MOT’ check-ups right across the country – targeting groups most at risk.
Ultimately, we must tackle lung disease on every front – increasing funding for stop smoking support services, delivering a national early diagnosis programme, minimising air pollution, and ensuring treatment and care follows best practice.
But this whole strategy must be underpinned by addressing the critical shortages in the NHS lung specialist and wider workforce. This is vital.
We hope the NHS Long Term Plan can really help to address some of these issues and achieve better lung health across the nation.”
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