Asthma sufferers in Camden at ‘serious risk’ by poor care

Camden asthma sufferers are being put at serious risk

Camden asthma sufferers are being put at serious risk - Credit: Archant

Asthma sufferers in Camden are being put at risk by some of the worst care in the country, according to a report published by a health charity.

It says Camden is among the very worst boroughs in London for asthma care, with the majority of residents suffering from the chronic respiratory disease not receiving safe levels of care.

More than two-thirds received inadequate care that met less than half of the standards set out in national guidelines. Failings included some people not being given clear instructions on how to use their inhaler properly.

And Camden is one of only four London boroughs where not a single person’s care met all the recommended standards, according to the findings of a national survey carried out by Asthma UK.

Kay Boycott, chief executive of Asthma UK, said: “Guidelines are in place to prevent asthma attacks and save lives, but people with asthma tell us that these are being routinely neglected.”

A spokesman for Camden Clinical Commissioning Group said: “The CCG performs comparably with other CCGs and is currently promoting and prioritising the use of care plans for people with long term conditions.”