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New plan to cut hospital admissions

The HSE’s Clinical Lead for COPD, Dr Tim McDonnell, tells Gary Culliton about the COPD programme’s aim to cut hospital admissions and make spirometry more widely available to GPs throughout the country Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an increasing problem that has not been managed well, according to the HSE’s COPD Clinical Lead, Dr Tim McDonnell. The condition accounts for 12,000 hospital admissions yearly and the Executive’s new COPD programme aims to cut this total by 1,500. The “over arching aim” of the programme, he said, was to save 50 deaths a year from COPD (which covers chronic bronchitis…