Respiratory Disease


Approximately 20% of the population is affected by respiratory disease, making it the third leading cause of death in England, surpassed only by cancer and cardiovascular disease. The primary culprits behind these fatalities are lung cancer, pneumonia, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

In the past seven years, hospital admissions for lung disease have witnessed a threefold increase compared to the overall rate of admissions. This rapid rise highlights the severity of the issue and its impact on healthcare services.

Respiratory diseases significantly contribute to the seasonal pressures experienced by the NHS, particularly during winter. The majority of admissions related to respiratory conditions are unplanned and their numbers double during this colder period.

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