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New respiratory tsars to develop COPD strategy

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The government has appointed two new tsars to tackle respiratory disease.

Department of Health chief scientific officer and a respiratory clinical scientist Sue Hill and East of England strategic health authority medical director Robert Winter have been appointed joint national clinical directors for the respiratory programme.

One of their first priorities will be developing a national strategy for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. They will also look at improving home oxygen services and care for patients with asthma and sleep apnoea.

Professor Hill has been acting as the national clinical lead for the respiratory programme for the past three years. Dr Winter has been jointly chairing the respiratory programme board with Professor Hill for the past six months.

Announcing the appointments, health minister Ann Keen said: “Early diagnosis and management can make a significant difference to the quality of life for people living with these conditions.

“That’s why the Respiratory Programme is so important and I am pleased Sue Hill and Robert Winter will be leading this work, particularly the introduction of a National Strategy for COPD.”

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  • Northern Ireland have developed a 10 year respiratory framework. Perhaps with some networking, there could be valuable sharing of this process. In my professional opinion the NI strategy is excellent, it is the product of a long process, inclusive of all groups.

    Janet Sinnerton
    Lead respiratory Nurse Specialist

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