The Department of Health has today launched a consultation on a national COPD strategy to improve diagnosis, treatment and management of the condition.
Patients, staff and stakeholders are being invited to share their views on a the draft strategy via the Department of Health website.
Health Secretary Andy Burnham said “COPD is notoriously hard to spot in its early stages, and yet the sooner it is diagnosed the more we can do for people with the condition.
“This strategy will focus minds across the NHS on better diagnosis and earlier treatment. There are more than three million people with COPD in this country, yet less than a million have been diagnosed, so we need to raise awareness and improve knowledge of the symptoms as a matter of urgency.”
The strategy was developed with key patient groups including the British Lung Foundation and Asthma UK, as well as people working in health and social care, people with COPD and asthma and their carers.
Dame Helena Shovelton, Chief Executive of the British Lung Foundation said “We warmly welcome the launch of the consultation for the strategy for COPD. We have campaigned for this for a number of years as we believe that, when implemented the strategy will make a real difference to the lives of over 3 million people in England, who are affected by COPD.
“Our aim is to work alongside the strategy to ensure that more people are diagnosed with the condition at an earlier stage and given the treatment and care they so desperately need.”