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Asthma deaths rise 33% in past decade in England and Wales

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 09 August 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5108
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

Deaths from asthma in England and Wales have increased by a third in the past decade, a new analysis has shown.

The analysis of official figures from the Office for National Statistics, released by the charity Asthma UK on 9 August, shows that more than 1400 adults and children died from asthma attacks in 2018, an 8% increase since 2017.

Overall, more than 12 700 people have died from asthma in England and Wales in the past decade. Deaths increased by 33% during 2008-18.

The charity emphasised the need for improvement in basic areas of care, such …

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