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Minister praises work of British Lung Foundation

Stormont Executive press release - Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety

Health Minister Edwin Poots has praised the British Lung Foundation for its good work in the community.

The Minister was speaking as he addressed the Respiratory Conference for the British Lung Foundation (BLF) for Northern Ireland in the Dunadry Hotel.

Speaking to an audience of patients, carers and Health Care Professionals, the Minister said: “I would like to congratulate the British Lung Foundation on its continued success and expansion of activity in the community through their Breathe Easy groups and other efforts. I look forward to working with the organisation in future, as we continue the drive to improve the respiratory wellbeing of the people of Northern Ireland.”

The British Lung Foundation have said that in recent years BLF Northern Ireland has been the most dynamic and fastest growing area of BLF activity anywhere in the UK. This has led to the expansion of patient and carer support through the expansion of the BLF Breathe Easy (BE) support network.

Within the context of BLF UK, Northern Ireland is viewed as being home to many innovative and effective new practices that offer significant potential for emulating, most particularly in the other devolved nations. Of particular interest is Northern Ireland’s robust approach to the issue of second hand smoke which potentially places it at the head of the field in public health initiatives, in both UK and international contexts.

Notes to editors:

1. The British Lung Foundation promotes greater understanding of lung disease and campaigns for improvement in lung health. The Foundation also funds research and supports people affected by lung conditions through more than 230 Breathe Easy (BE) support groups across the UK.
2. There are now four BE Groups in NI – Causeway, Londonderry, Fermanagh & South Tyrone and Ballymena. In addition BLF NI has worked in close partnership with the Public Health Agency and Health and Social Care Trusts to develop and deliver a range of events and services both to support people presently affected by lung disease but also to seek to promote positive respiratory health for Northern Ireland’s future generations.

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