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Prescriptions should be free, says asthma sufferer

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 06, 2014

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PEOPLE with asthma are dying because of lack of medical help, a report has found.

The National Review of Asthma Deaths says sufferers and medics must be better at recognising the danger signs.

There were 1,242 deaths in 2012 - meaning the UK has some of the highest asthma death rates in Europe.

Craig Jones, 24, from Burton, was diagnosed with asthma at the age of two.

He told the Mail: “The prescription technique seems to be ‘We’ll prescribe this and if it’s not doing anything we’ll try something else -it’s quite haphazard, they wouldn’t do that with other conditions.

“I think if you took our prescription charges that would make a difference, it seems like there are other conditions that you don’t have to pay for prescriptions.”

He said that he was quite shocked about what the report had revealed and said it could well be down to complacency, as suggested.

He added that he has potential to have an asthma attack in the future but he had kept his eye on it for as long as he could remember.

He fears those who are newly diagnosed could face problems.

Although deaths linked to the condition have been falling, there were 1,242 in 2012 - meaning the UK has some of the highest asthma death rates in Europe.

The UK has 5.5 million asthmatics.

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