Tuesday 20th October 2015 saw the Communications Team launch BI’s health policy briefing document in the Strangers Dining Room at the House of Commons. The policy document has been developed by the team to outline specific asks of the recently elected Government on issues such as NICE, the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme (PPRS), Specialised Commissioning and in the therapy areas where we major.
Coinciding with the State Visit to Parliament by the President of China, there was a moment when it looked like people weren’t going to be able to gain access to the building, but we remained calm and welcomed over 50 guests to our reception. These were made up of a wide range of our stakeholders, including MPs from all sides of the House, Lords with an interest in Health, staff from the Department of Health and NHS England – including the Chair of NICE and the National Clinical Director for Diabetes – and a range of clinical stakeholders who had come to hear what we had to say, along with representatives from patient organisations with whom we have been working closely over the last few years. Continue reading Health Policy Briefing Document launches at Reception in Parliament→
Tackling asthma review DNAs with surprisingly easy measures can save lives – and clinician stress
When former star of The Apprentice, Stuart Baggs died in the summer from an asthma attack at just 27 years of age, it caused ripples across the national news. Media interest focused on his celebrity and relatively young age, but also that he didn’t have a severe form of the condition. The sad truth is that this wasn’t an isolated incident – three people die from asthma every day. We know that every 10 seconds someone is having a potentially life-threatening asthma attack. The National Review of Asthma Deaths published last year revealed that over half those who died were being treated for mild or moderate asthma, and many of these deaths could have been prevented with better routine asthma care. It’s frightening to witness a child, business colleague, friend or family member having an asthma attack, and utterly tragic when anyone loses a loved one through a preventable asthma attack. Continue reading Guest Post: Asthma UK’s Andrew Proctor on “When simplicity can save lives”→
Like many of you, I woke up last week to the very sad news that the high profile apprentice star Stuart Baggs’ death was due to an asthma attack. At first I was sad, for him and for his family and friends. Then a creeping frustration came over me, a frustration that despite all the focus and attention poor asthma care and treatment has received over the past few years, people are still not taking asthma seriously, people still don’t realise it is a killer. On the radio, the aptly named Dr Brian Hope mentioned that fatal asthma attacks can affect anybody with asthma, whatever severity their disease has been assigned. He stated that symptoms generally become more noticeable in the days leading up to an attack and that people really ought to know how to manage their symptoms.