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Asthma patients 'risk lives' by skipping annual checks

A third of more than 300,000 asthma sufferers in Wales are risking their lives by skipping annual health checks, campaigners have warned.

It follows a UK national review in May showing prescription mistakes in nearly half of all asthma deaths.

Hywel Dda health board had the fewest patients checked at 62.9%.

Asthma UK called on doctors and nurses to do all they could to ensure patients reviewed their treatment.

John Mathias, national director of Asthma UK Cymru, said patients and doctors should not be complacent about the risks of fatal asthma attacks.

  • 31 Jul 2014
  • From the section Wales
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