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.
“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.”