Briggs Pushes for Pulmonary Rehabilitation to Be More Available

Miles Briggs, Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP for Lothian, is making a push for the increased awareness for patients suffering from COPD and other lung conditions due to the failures in NHS Lothian to reach the capacity of care for the number of patients in the area. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, “COPD […] is a progressive disease that makes it hard to breathe […] [which] can cause wheezing, shortness of breath and chest tightness.” Pulmonary rehabilitation involves twice weekly classes to improve fitness and the quality of life of the patient. A condition of this seriousness and with a significant number of hospital admissions, especially in the winter, shows that NHS Lothian needs a higher capacity to care for patients.

NHS Lothian in its attempt to care for patients with this condition is incredibly under the capacity of care with only 1,000 patients being cared for, while in reference to research from Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland has identified that almost 9,500 people living with COPD and other lung conditions in Lothian would benefit from pulmonary rehabilitation (PR). The SNP are working with the Respiratory National Advisory Group to develop the Respiratory Health: Quality Improvement Plan and are participating in the UK-wide National Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease & Asthma Audit to help improve and ameliorate the care through the collection of data. Nonetheless, they are aware more needs to be done.

Miles Briggs believes that the SNP are not doing enough to improve the COPD and lung conditions of patients in the care of NHS Lothian. He believes that more engagement and awareness needs to be made about Pulmonary Rehabilitation so that more patients can make use of the service.

Miles Briggs, Conservative and Unionist MSP, comments:

“Pulmonary rehabilitation is an excellent course that combines a physical exercise programme and educating people on how to manage their lung conditions.  This course has been proven to significantly improve people’s quality of life and I hope that more residents in Lothian are able to make use of this service.

“I hope that NHS Lothian will reconsider expanding capacity with an increase in demand.”


Miles Briggs