Key messages

Independent national reviews all reach the same conclusion

There have been 3 major reviews of allergy services by:

  • The Royal College of Physicians 2003;
  • The House of Commons Health Committee 2004;
  • The House of Lords Science & Technology Committee 2007).

All agree that NHS allergy services are inadequate and recommend an expansion of the number of both allergy training posts and allergy consultant posts.

The DH Response (Command paper, 2005) was that DH would undertake another review. The DH Review of services for allergy (2006), agreed about the size of the allergy problem and that action is needed to improve allergy services including training more allergists.

The Commons Health Committee Report recommended:

  • Every region should have an allergy centre led by at least 2 adult and 2 paediatric allergy consultants. New centres need to be created in parts of the country where they do not exist. Existing centres need to be strengthened as they often rely on academic funding, lack NHS funding and are not secure.
  • 20 more trainee posts in adult allergy and 20 more in paediatric allergy are needed
  • Improved education in allergy is needed for primary care doctors and nurses

Despite these thorough reviews, little progress had been made: allergy remains under-resourced and neglected and standards of care are still inadequate for large numbers of patients

House of Commons meeting March 4th 2013

NASG “Allergy: the reality of the unmet need report” 2014

House of Commons meeting November 26th 2014

House of Commons reception Dec 2nd 2015 key messages

House of Commons reception Feb 22nd 2012 (0.2MB)

House of Commons airborne allergies meeting June 8th 2011 (0.2MB)

House of Commons reception November 3rd 2010 (0.2MB)

House of Commons young people with allergy meeting 3rd Dec 2009 (0.2MB)

RCP report: Allergy – The unmet need (1 MB)

House of commons report on allergy services – Volume 1 (0.3MB)

House of commons report on allergy services – Volume 2 (1.3MB)

Government response – Provision of allergy services, Jan 2005 (0.2MB)

DH – A review of services for allergy (0.5MB)

House of Lords – Allergy report 2007 (0.7MB)

House of Lords – Allergy report 2007 – Evidence (2.7MB)

Making a start – An NHS plan for allergy (0.1MB)