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Respiratory System

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 19 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to improve the rates of early diagnosis for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. (211826)

The Department is currently considering advice from the Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) External Reference Group on proposed markers of good practice from prevention through to end of life care. This advice will be considered by Ministers and options developed for implementation. These will include options for early diagnosis of people with COPD and raising awareness of the disease.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the estimated direct cost to the NHS was of providing care for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in (a) County Durham and (b) England in the latest period for which figures are available. (211828)

Information by Region is not collected centrally.

For England1, the latest estimate published is £492 million per annum for direct costs to national health service as at 2000-01.


1 National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence estimate (based on Britton 2003, and using 2000-01 data). Further information is available at: