The NHS has published an Atlas of Variation in Healthcare for People with Respiratory Disease.
Over 6 million people in England suffer from asthma or COPD, conditions which inflict a heavy burden on patients and carers and account for a significant proportion of NHS and social care expenditure.
Respiratory disease is the third leading cause of death in England after circulatory disease and cancer.
The powerful case for change to improve outcomes in respiratory disease was clearly articulated in the recently published Outcomes Strategy for COPD and Asthma and the accompanying NHS Companion Document.
In revealing the extent of variation in clinical activity and outcomes, the indicators presented in this NHS Atlas of Variation in Healthcare for People with Respiratory Disease underline the substantial scope clinicians and commissioners have to improve outcomes by ensuring that all patients receive the quality of care that is delivered in the best-performing localities.