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Deaths from asthma in England and Wales highest in more than a decade

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Britain   More than 1,400 adults and children died from asthma attacks in 2018

Deaths from asthma in England and Wales are the highest they have been in more than a decade, according to analysis of official data.

More than 1,400 adults and children died from asthma attacks in 2018, that's 2.5 people out of every 100,000.

The charity Asthma UK said too many lives were being cut short by a lack of basic care, such as inhaler checks.

GPs' leaders said more staff in practices were needed so doctors could spend longer with asthma patients.

But with research linking some childhood asthmas to air pollution, NHS England said it couldn't solve the problem on its own.

Nearly five million people in England and Wales have asthma, a condition that affects the airways.

It can cause breathlessness, wheezing, coughing and a tight chest.

Overall, more than 12,700 people have died from asthma in England and Wales in the past 10 years.


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