I was stunned and furious to read in October's 'Breathing Space' today that lung disease has been omitted from the planned Strategic Clinical Networks (SCNs)! Later, reading 'The Way Forward - Strategic Clinical networks', I found that the areas to benefit from this are: Cancer, Cardio Vascular - (incorporating cardiac/ stroke/ Diabetes and Renal Disease), Maternity and Children, and Neurological Conditions. Once again we are to be the Cinderella of the NHS.
If you wish to see more about 'The Way Forward' etc see the following page and the PDF -
For an easy to read pic of mortality rates in the UK see:
The article in 'Breathing Space' ends by saying :
"If you live in England, you can help by writing to your MP. For a copy of our template letter send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7688 5555
Let's make ourselves heard folks - time is of the essence. P