ASTHMA sufferers in Huddersfield are being urged to speak out about their condition as part of a new campaign.

Asthma UK is urging schools and colleges in Yorkshire and across the UK to prioritise asthma education.

It is also launching the Get it Off Your Chest campaign and asking people with asthma to speak out about how asthma makes them feel and affects their lives by sharing their stories online at:

A survey of GPs by Asthma UK and the Primary Care Respiratory Society UK (PCRS) shows that asthma education for healthcare professionals is low priority and more than two-thirds of GPs feel asthma knowledge could be improved.

Neil Churchill, chief executive of Asthma UK said asthma training was not given the priority it deserved despite the fact that asthma hospitalised someone every seven minutes.

Asthma UK wants to see national standards for asthma care and is calling on the Department of Health to make asthma a higher priority within the new NHS.

Dr Iain Small, PCRS UK executive chairman, said: “We welcome this survey and join Asthma UK in highlighting the need for specific asthma training and education for all staff involved in managing people with the condition”.