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Sleep Apnoea and road safety

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Recently Meg Munn MP met Lucy Bramwell from the British Lung Foundation, to discuss progress being made to raise awareness of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) and the effect it has on road safety.

They discussed the British Lung Foundation’s concerns that the NHS Commissioning Board has announced it will not include respiratory disease as one of the areas covered by the new list of 4 Strategic Clinical Networks (SCNs). It was hoped that progress in treating OSA would be made through regional respiratory networks.

The British Lung Foundation is calling on the government to ensure that the respiratory programme can continue to deliver better outcomes in the future. They recently launched a ten point charter outlining what needs to be done to tackle OSA in the UK. The charter calls for improvements in diagnosing and treating the disease as well as calling on the government to make dealing with it a priority.

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea is linked to respiratory disease which affects one in five people in the UK and cost the NHS 4.43 billion in 2010/11. If left untreated it is associated with an increased risk of a range of serious health conditions, including heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Meg said:

“I am working with many organisations and individuals to raise awareness of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea and the risks it poses on road safety. The work that the British Lung Foundation are doing to improve diagnosis and treatment is a crucial part of raising awareness. The government must work across different departments to bring this condition to the forefront of people’s minds.”

To learn more about Obstructive Sleep Apnoea and the work of the British Lung Foundation visit: http://www.blf.org.uk/Conditions/Detail/OSA

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Meg with Lucy Bramwell

Meg with Lucy Bramwell

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