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GeneralFeb 17, 2021

Charities claim patient care is being blighted by 'chronic understaffing' in respiratory teams

People with lung conditions say their symptoms are getting worse as they delay or avoid seeking help during the Covid-19 pandemic.

That was the message delivered Sarah Woolnough, chief executive of two charities – Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation – that surveyed more than 8,000 members on the topic last summer.

Photo Credit: Asthma UK and British Lung Foundation
Too many people are missing out on treatment due to Covid-19 and related issues

Ms Woolnough said: ‘Demand for vital services such as pulmonary rehabilitation is only increasing with many people suffering from breathlessness linked to long Covid.

‘Failure to address these pressure points now will mean that people with suspected lung conditions are left waiting even longer for a referral, diagnosis and life-saving treatment to start.'

Respiratory departments are at the frontline of the pandemic and yet they are facing chronic understaffing and resource issues at a time when they are needed most [Sarah Woolnough, Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation] Too few candidates to fill respiratory posts
Ms Woolnough continued: ‘Our research found that as ...

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