British Lung Foundation Statement In Response To The NEoLCIN Report Around The Variations In Place Of Death

Aug 13th, 2010 | By healthnews | Category: Health

Main Category: Palliative Care / Hospice Care
Article Date: 13 Aug 2010 – 2:00 PDT

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The following statement is in response to the research being released by the National End of Life Care Intelligence Network (NEoLCIN) around variations in place of death in England.

Dame Helena Shovelton, BLF Chief Executive said “The findings of this research show the total lack of end of life care available to patients with respiratory diseases such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) compared to patients with cancer.

Our research has shown that 1 in 5 people with a terminal lung disease has not had a conversation about end of life care options, but wanted to. This needs to change as anyone in this situation whether they have cancer, respiratory disease or another terminal condition should have the opportunity to discuss important decisions like dying at home.

The BLF is eagerly awaiting the publication of the COPD strategy in England to ensure respiratory disease is no longer ignored and patients are given the care and treatment they deserve at all stages of their lives.”


1.The British Lung Foundation is the only UK charity working for everyone affected by lung disease. The charity focuses its resources on providing support for people affected by lung disease today; and works in a variety of ways (including funding world-class research) to bring about positive change, to improve treatment, care and support for people affected by lung disease in the future.

2.It provides information via the website and telephone helpline 08458 50 50 20

3.One person in every seven in the UK is affected by lung disease ” this equates to approximately 8 million people

4.Respiratory disease is the second biggest killer in the UK (117,456 deaths in 2004) after all non-respiratory cancers combined which only account for slightly more deaths (122,500 deaths in UK in 2004)

5.Respiratory disease now kills one in five people in the UK

6.The UK’s death rate from respiratory disease is almost double the European average and the 6th highest in Europe

7.Respiratory disease is the most commonly reported long term illness in children and the third most commonly reported in adults. One in 7 boys and 1 in 8 girls aged 2 – 15 report having long term respiratory illness in England

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