The draft Respiratory Care Action Plan for Scotland sets out the vision for driving improvement in the diagnosis, treatment and care for those living with respiratory conditions.

The cross party lung health group recently met to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on existing health looking at figures concerning poor lung health specifically across Dumfries & Galloway with a quarter of the population aged sixty five years old and over and 4, 600 people suffering from COPD specifically.

South Scotland MSP Emma Harper said;

“I am pleased to see Respiratory Care Action Plan addressed specifically in the Scottish Budget. As Convenor of the Lung Health Cross Party Group I’m acutely aware of the high prevalence of poor lung health across Dumfries & Galloway as the region is home unfortunately to the highest number of cases of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease as well as a number of other lung related diseases included asthma and our committee is working to see how best to tackle this strategically across Scotland.

“The full impact of COVID-19 is unknown though we know there are a variety of long-term effects being experienced by many and our Integrated Respiratory Team at NHS Dumfries & Galloway are looking to better understand that impact which has exacerbated cases of people with poor lung health across the region. I have been a keen advocate of a regional ‘lung health hub’ whereby we can focus on the range of lung diseases affecting our region’s population and unfortunately long covid is an additional concern to add to the mix.”

Kate Forbes, Finance Secretary, said;

“As we continue to learn and respond to the pandemic there is emerging evidence that a significant number of people who have suffered from COVID-19 are experiencing long term physical and mental health issues.

As our understanding of people’s treatment and support needs develop, further investment will be provided and the final Respiratory Care Action Plan will play a key role in responding to the implications and consequences of COVID-19 for many aspects of respiratory care.”

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