Black and minority ethnic groups 'let down' over asthma

Asthma UK is calling on the NHS to take crucial steps to safeguard the health of black and minority ethnic (BME) groups whom it says are being let down by their current services.

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'Speaking Up', a report by the charity, reveals that many people from minority ethnic backgrounds in England are regularly confronted with poor and inaccessible services from the NHS.

Without adequate support and information, they struggle to control their asthma and are forced to live with unnecessary symptoms that can escalate into life-threatening asthma attacks and emergency hospital admissions.

In England people from BME communities are among the most severely affected by their asthma, with research showing that compared with the white population, South Asian people are three times more likely to require an emergency hospital admission for their asthma and black people are twice as likely.

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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