Schools to carry spare asthma inhalers

Morley schools will soon be required to carry spare inhalers for pupils suffering from asthma.
Morley schools will soon be required to carry spare inhalers for pupils suffering from asthma.
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Schools around Morley will soon be required to reduce the risks of potentially fatal asthma attacks in their classrooms.

A new law will be introduced on October 1 to make schools have spare asthma inhalers on hand.

The requirement of the schools ends a long-running campaign from charity Asthma UK .

Kay Boycott, chief executive of Asthma UK, said: “One in 11 children in the UK has asthma, and more than two-thirds of children with asthma have told us they have had an asthma attack whilst they’ve been at school.

“Tragically, the equivalent of a classroom of children still die from asthma every year. This simply has to stop.

“This law will not only give reassurance to millions of parents across the UK but it is also vital for the two children in every classroom with asthma to reduce their risk of having a potentially life threatening asthma attack at school.”

Announcing the plana, health secretary Jeremy Hunt said: “Children with asthma, and their parents, should not have to worry about suffering an asthma attack without having the necessary medication – and this common-sense change is an important step forward.”