Local MP Rosie Cooper is working with West Lancashire and Southport Breathe Easy Group to raise people’s awareness of COPD. Irene Norman, a representative of the local Breathe Easy Group, presented Rosie Cooper MP with a Manifesto and is asking for her support to raise awareness of this lung disease at Government level.
Rosie Cooper MP said:
“I have personal experience of the impact COPD can have on people, as my mother was died from COPD. I fully support West Lancashire and Southport Breathe Easy Group in their efforts to raise awareness not just about COPD but all forms of lung disease. We must do more to make people realise just how devastating this disease can be.”
West Lancashire and Southport Breathe Easy Group is encouraging people to be aware of the symptoms of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), which is a debilitating lung disease which progressively restricts a person’s ability to breathe.
The local Breathe Easy Group, which is part of the British Lung Foundation’s network, are taking part in the third worldwide COPD awareness on 16 November.
One person in seven in the UK is now affected by a lung disease and the British Lung Foundation (BLF) are the only UK charity working to help people with all 43 lung diseases. The BLF provides information and support to patients and their families, also funds world class medical research to find solutions to lung disease and campaigns for improved treatments and services.
The BLF recently published a Manifesto and are calling on the Government to:
1) Provide five specialist respiratory paediatricians in every specialist centre in the UK.
2) Ensure Pulmonary Rehabilitation is available to all lung disease patients who could benefit from it.
3) Provide ambulatory oxygen to all lung disease patients on long term oxygen therapy.
4) Prepare and implement a treatment and care strategy for mesothelioma.
5) Provide palliative care to patients with end-stage chronic lung disease.
6) Increase the number of PET scanners in the NHS to ensure that all patients have quick and equal access to imaging facilities.
7) Introduce routine lung function tests at GP consultations for all patients with a smoking history.
8) Ban smoking in all enclosed public places and work places.