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Transparency important as health boards seek to boost asthma care

May 6, 2014 3:33 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie MSP has saidWillie Rennie MSPWillie Rennie MSP that people with asthma and their families deserve to know what is happening in their health board to improve asthma care.

The call comes after the National Review of Asthma Deaths, published today (Tuesday 6th), found that 90 percent of asthma deaths were avoidable.

During Topical Questions today Mr Rennie urged the Scottish Government to step up its work on asthma by asking all health boards to provide a report on progress they are making towards implementing a key strategy.

Speaking after topical questions, Mr Rennie said:

"This report raises real questions over the patchy delivery of national asthma standards. So people with asthma and their families to deserve to know what it happening to improve the standard of care in their health board.

"That is why I asked the Public Health Minister to urge all health boards to provide a report on the progress they are making towards implementing the national strategy on asthma. Whilst the work of the National Advisory Group (NAG) for Respiratory Managed Clinical Network will be helpful it seems sensible that the current on-the-ground experience of health boards should feed into that."