Charity plea for asthma inhalers to be kept in classrooms

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AN ASTHMA charity is calling on parents to sign a petition for spare inhalers to be kept in schools.

Asthma UK is calling on health minister Daniel Poulter to launch a consultation on the idea before the summer term starts.

The charity said it is currently illegal for schools to have an emergency spare inhaler to use in the event of a potentially life-threatening asthma attack.

As reported in The News, Holly Sparshott, 12, of Gosport, suffered a fatal attack at her home and later died in Naomi House last year.

Dr Samantha Walker, deputy chief executive of Asthma UK, said: ‘Tragically, attacks can be fatal; the equivalent of a classroom of children die because of asthma every year. It simply cannot be overstated just how critical it is for children to be able to get to emergency medicines quickly.’

To sing the petition, visit asthma.org.uk/danpoulter