Barbara Keeley MP

LABOUR MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR WORSLEY AND ECCLES SOUTH

The British Lung Foundation Report

Lung disease is a major health issue and I believe it is important that we do all we can improve respiratory health.

In March the British Lung Foundation produced a report highlighting the wide variations in treatment and care across the country. The report estimates that lung disease costs the economy £11 billion every year and raises concerns about the underinvestment in research, diagnosis and treatment of lung disease.

The British Lung Foundation report is an important step in highlighting the rising cost of the illness. There is not only a financial toll for our society but for the NHS as well. I believe the Conservative Government needs to come up with a credible and comprehensive strategy to minimise the prevalence of lung diseases in our country.

I remain concerned that cuts to public health spending may widen the health inequality gap in our country. The Conservative Government must be more proactive in raising awareness among the public, and must invest in preventative health measures which can head off the risks of lung disease in the years to come.

The Department of Health has said it is keen to work with the NHS and the voluntary sector to find practical and innovative ways of improving outcomes for patients with respiratory disease. I and my Labour colleagues will continue to question Conservative Ministers on whether they will establish an independent taskforce on lung health.

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