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Emergency asthma inhalers could save lives in school

Schools could be allowed to keep a spare inhaler and spacer for emergencies in the future, the government has announced. 

The government will be consulting on the idea, with a public consultation launched. 

The news was confirmed by a government spokesperson in parliament, following a campaign by Asthma UK and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Asthma. 

Almost two thirds of children with asthma have had an asthma attack at school, and 64% of children with asthma have been unable to access a working reliever in school having either forgotten, lost, broken, or run out of their own. 

Legislation of inhaler kits will mean schools could supply bronchodilators to children who have asthma. 

Kay Boycott, chief executive of Asthma UK said: "Tragically, children have died from asthma attacks in school, so it's absolutely vital that schools have access to an emergency reliever inhaler if a child is having an asthma attack.

"Yesterday's announcement represents a long-overdue step towards ensuring more young lives are not put at risk. But the fight is not over yet; unless people with asthma make their voices heard on this issue, it could still be many years before we see spare inhalers being available to children at school, if at all."