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It is time to stop writing about allergy and to start taking some action. About a third of the population suffers some sort of allergic illness in their lives but only a fraction receive medical help.

The Department of Health's latest report (A Review of Services for Allergy) published today (21 July) does little more than confirm the serious lack of provision for allergy sufferers which was well documented in 2003 by the Royal College of Physicians in its report Allergy - The Unmet Need. This included specific recommendations for regional allergy centres and for specialist medical training, all of which was endorsed by a Health Committee inquiry which followed.

Instead of acting upon it, the Department undertook yet another review, which has been 18 months in the making and come up with nothing new.

Allergic illness is given no priority in funding...

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