[Editorial] NHS staff shortages threaten the future of respiratory health

Research paper by The Lancet Respiratory Medicine

Indexed on: 23 Dec '18Published on: 10 Dec '18Published in: The Lancet Respiratory Medicine


As 2018 draws to a close and the start of a new year beckons, it is time to think of resolutions and optimistic plans for the future. For people living with respiratory diseases in England, and those clinicians treating them, winter brings increased worry, with rising numbers of patients with influenza and exacerbations of their disease, and many hospitals and primary care clinics overloaded. Respiratory diseases remain the leading cause of excess winter deaths and the number of emergency hospital attendances in England for respiratory diagnoses in 2017–18 was nearly double that in 2010–11.