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Concern over 'unnecessary' asthma deaths in Wales

People suffering from asthma are dying unnecessarily because of complacency among both medical staff and patients, according to the first national study of asthma deaths in the UK.

The report said 67 people died from the condition in Wales in 2012-13, and 3,571 were hospitalised.

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) said sufferers and medics must be better at recognising the danger signs.

The Welsh government said it launched a respiratory illness plan last week.

Radio Wales presenter Kayleigh Thomas spoke to Rachel Blackley, from Treorchy on the Good Morning Wales programme. Her mother, Marie Smith, 55, from Ton Pentre, died from an asthma attack in January.

  • 06 May 2014
  • From the section Wales
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