Time for NHS to improve airborne allergy services

On 8th June 2011, Jo Swinson, chair of the All-Party Group for Allergy andĀ  Lib Dem MP for East Dunbartonshire, welcomed patientsĀ  and Consultant Allergist Dr Glenis Scadding to ParliamentĀ  to discuss the impact of airborne allergies on people’s quality of life.

Joined by representatives from the National Allergy Strategy Group (NASG), Jo heard from those affected by airborne allergies such as pollen, dust mites or animal hair, including 16 year old James who had benefitted from immunotherapy, not currently available on the NHS.

Commenting, Jo said:

“Patients of all ages and walks of life echoed the same message at yesterday’s meeting: the provision of current NHS allergy services must be improved. Living with ongoing allergic illness seriously affects sufferers’ quality of life, which is often worsened by a lack of medical understanding, from GPs to A&E staff.

“Around 20million people in the UK currently live with allergies. Introducing better allergy support would benefit both allergy sufferers and the NHS by reducing the demands that ongoing illnesses place on the system.”

Source : http://joswinson.org.uk/en/article/2011/491479/time-for-nhs-to-improve-airborne-allergy-services-jo

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