Millions of people with respiratory diseases across the country will benefit from new government plans announced on Tuesday.
The government outcomes strategy for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma aims to transform the lives of people living with lung conditions including emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
The new plans will bring together the work of voluntary organisations, social care and the NHS.
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said: "This will reduce the number of deaths by focusing on better prevention, earlier diagnosis and excellent care and management of COPD and asthma."
COPD is the term used to describe a number of respiratory conditions that affect more than three million people across England.
The conditions, which are the only growing major cause of death, cost the NHS in excess of £2bn annually.
And COPD and asthma mortality rates in the UK are the second highest in Europe.
Patients with COPD and asthma will now have access to a care planning consultation with their doctor thanks to the government strategy.
This will allow COPD sufferers to tailor their care to suit their needs and identify issues before the situation deteriorates.
Copyright Press Association 2011