The BSI is pleased to support a campaign launched today (15 March) by the British Lung Foundation to address the growing and unsustainable health and economic burden that respiratory disease places on NHS and society.
We join the British Lung Foundation in calling on the Government to set up a taskforce for lung health to set in motion a national strategy and investment into this area to reduce our high death rates and ensure patients get access to the treatment and care they deserve.
In response to this campaign and the publication of the British Lung Foundation report ‘Estimating the Economic Burden of Respiratory Illness in UK’, Professor Peter Openshaw, President of the British Society for Immunology, said:
“Even though the NHS spends £9.9 billion per year on lung disease, outcomes for patients haven’t improved in 10 years. The UK is leading the way in innovative and impactful research into the causes of and treatments for a variety of respiratory diseases. We urgently require NHS England and the Government to develop a strategy to ensure the investment and service infrastructure is in place so that these findings can translate from the bench to the bedside to real benefits to patients and address the unsustainable burden that respiratory disease places on the NHS and our society.”