12 June 2019

Scottish Labour has backed calls for more investment in pulmonary rehab treatment for COPD patients.

Scottish Labour MSP Monica Lennon was the sponsor of an event held by Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland in the Scottish Parliament gym today (Wednesday), to promote their campaign for more support for pulmonary rehab.

An estimated 69,000 people in Scotland could benefit from pulmonary rehab – but current capacity across Scottish health boards is less than 6,000.

Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland estimate that an investment of a £1.47 million improvement fund for health boards would increase capacity of the treatment for an additional 5,000 people per year.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation (PR) is a treatment for people living with chest conditions like Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), which is proven to be cost-effective through reducing hospital admissions and helps people manage their condition.

Scottish Labour Health Spokesperson Monica Lennon MSP said:

“Pulmonary rehab is a vital treatment with the potential to improve the lives of thousands of people in Scotland living with COPD.

“Investment in an improvement fund which health boards can draw on to improve access to treatment would be a welcome move, and Scottish Labour will keep pressing the SNP government to deliver this.”

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