From 1 October, children will have access to a spare emergency inhaler at school

16 July 2014 in Featured Articles

AsthmaUK2After almost 4 years of campaigning by Asthma UK, the law is changing to keep children with asthma safe at school. From 1 October, children will have access to a spare emergency inhaler at school.

Previous legislation meant it was illegal for schools to have a spare emergency inhaler, even though exemptions existed for organisations like the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and the armed forces.

This is great news, but we want to do more. Shockingly, the National Review of Asthma Deaths found that children who died from asthma were more likely to have received poor care than adults. This absolutely has to change.

If you have a child with asthma download an action plan now. It’s essential you have one to help you understand your child’s symptoms, how to use an inhaler properly, how to know if their asthma is getting worse, and what to do about it.

2 responses to From 1 October, children will have access to a spare emergency inhaler at school

  1. A defeat for the ‘Fuddy – Duddies and a victory for common sense, at last.

  2. Hi Keith – with the changes in the legislation I wondered if the onus will be on the School to purchase inhalers and if so I will this be funded and obtained if inhalers are issued on prescription only or can the School insist that the child can only attend School if they bring their inhaler?

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