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Guidelines aim to cut deaths

Dr Hilary Pinnock hopes the new national asthma guidelines will help reduce hospital admissions and cut unnecessary asthma deaths.

Dr Pinnock, a GP in Whitstable, Kent, and member of the British Thoracic Society's guideline group, said the Government had ignored respiratory disease so GPs were focused more on other chronic conditions. She said: 'There is always a tendency for GPs to focus more on areas covered by NSFs. If these guidelines raise the profile of asthma then that is all to the good.'

Dr Pinnock added GPs could access a quick reference guide and audit tools from the General Practice Airways Group website at

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