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Joint National Clinical Directors for Respiratory Disease appointed

10th December 2009

The government has recruited joint National Clinical Directors for its Respiratory Programme.


The move steps up the fight against respiratory disease such as asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

Professor Sue Hill and Dr Robert Winter have been appointed to the posts and will lead the introduction of a National Strategy.

Health Minister Ann Keen said: “Early diagnosis and management can make a significant difference to the quality of life for people living with these conditions. That’s why the Respiratory Programme is so important.

“By appointing joint National Clinical Directors to oversee the development of a strategy we will ensure that clinical evidence and outcomes for patients are at the heart of our work to improve the quality of services to tackle respiratory disease.

“We will continue to work closely with the NHS and patient groups to make a real difference for patients and for the healthcare staff working in this area.”

Prof Sue Hill said she and Dr Winter would work to raise awareness and the profile of respiratory disease, which is the second most common cause of death in England.

She said that it was important that the public understood what good lung health is and the symptoms of respiratory disease.

Dr Winter said: “Improving the care of people with a respiratory disease is a major challenge for the NHS.”

He added that he felt better-coordinated and integrated services would enable put the NHS in a position to provide better care and meet the needs of people with respiratory disease.


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