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NSF to boost neglected COPD care

Care of COPD patients is 'neglected' and in need of urgent improvement, a new report from the Healthcare Commission concludes.

The commission's report was released as the Department of Health announced it would develop a new national service framework to improve treatment for the disease.

The commission identified a series of problems with COPD care, including lack of awareness among doctors and lack of structured care and treatment for sufferers.

It wants to see more indicators to measure outcomes for COPD care and improvements in the accuracy and speed of GP diagnosis. PCTs should improve access to pulmonary rehabilitation and palliative care, it added.

Anna Walker, chief executive of the Healthcare Commission, said: 'Services for people with COPD have been neglected. There is an urgent need to improve diagnosis and care for people suffering from the condition.'

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