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Minister launches Together for Health – A Respiratory Health Delivery Plan

Health Minister Mark Drakeford will today unveil ambitious plans to improve the health of thousands of people suffering from respiratory illnesses in Wales.

Together for Health - A Respiratory Health Delivery Plan outlines the action needed to make a difference to the lives of the one in seven people living in Wales who have a respiratory condition.

The delivery plan – the latest to emerge from the Welsh Government’s five-year Together for Health strategy - will be launched at the Senedd.

Health Minister Mark Drakeford said:

“Respiratory disease is the cause of one in seven of all deaths in Wales - the third largest cause of death for both women and men in Wales.

“To achieve the best possible outcomes for patients with a respiratory condition they need to be fully involved in their care, whether it is that of a child and their family managing a new diagnosis of asthma, or an elderly patient with a terminal diagnosis considering options for palliative care. Patient education and co-production of personalised care need to be part of the patient’s care pathway.”

Respiratory health covers a range of conditions – including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma - and the delivery plan sets out the main actions needed to improve healthcare outcomes for patients. It seeks to ensure these improvements are delivered to all the people of Wales.

The delivery sets out the Welsh Government’s expectations of the NHS in delivering safe, sustainable and high quality care in relation to respiratory health, identifying several key themes for action to direct and guide activity at both a national and local level.

The plan includes the following outcomes:

  • People of all ages to be encouraged to value good lung health, to be aware of the dangers of smoking and, take personal responsibility for their lifestyle choices to reduce the risk of acquiring a respiratory condition and maximise the benefit of any treatment
  • Where problems with lung health occur, individuals can expect early and accurate diagnosis and effective treatment so the quality of their life can be optimised

Our aim is for Wales to have low incidence for lung disease and improved health care outcomes. We will use the following indicators to measure success:

  • A reduction in prevalence of smoking 
  • Incidence of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) per 100,000 population
  • Unscheduled hospital admissions for both asthma and COPD per 100,000 population
  • Disease and age group specific mortality rates under age 75 per 100,000 population

The plan will be supported by a separate children and young peoples’ section, addressing the specific needs of this group of people, which will be published this summer.


Together for Health – A respiratory health delivery plan 

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