The Association of Respiratory Nurse Specialists and the Royal College of Nursing have provided joint evidence to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Respiratory Health inquiry into respiratory deaths.
The submission draws together the evidence held by both organisations, and draws on the experience of nurses working with thousands of patients across the UK. The evidence suggests that respiratory illnesses such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), often have a low profile and are poorly resourced in comparison to other conditions.
Rebecca Sherrington, Chair, Association of Respiratory Nurse Specialists said
“Respiratory disease affects one in five people in the UK. The UK’s mortaility rates for respiratory conditions are among the highest in Europe. ARNS therefore welcomes this inquiry, as it provides the opportunity to evaluate and focus on changes to health policy and clinical practice, which will ultimately improve patient care.
Nurses are vital in the delivery of respiratory care throughout the whole patient journey and we have therefore responded by share our members’ best practice, experiences and views with the inquiry”.
Download the full submission from the RCN website here