Recent research has suggested that a quarter of a million people develop sepsis in the UK each year. The Health Secretary is starting to tackle this fast-moving and terrifying condition, which is thought to kill over 40,000 people each year in this country.

As concerns grow about an increasing sepsis crisis – both globally and in the UK – the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt has announced further plans to try to tackle the problem of diagnosis of this life-threatening condition.

Last year, Mr Hunt initiated a sepsis campaign, aimed at raising awareness of the early symptoms of sepsis amongst parents.

Recently, he has introduced new measures, targeted at those caring for the elderly – a group particularly susceptible to the illness.

According to the government website, the new measures include the following:

• A clear definition of adult sepsis
• Materials to raise awareness amongst primary care, pharmacists and health care professionals

Action by the government to try to improve the speed of sepsis diagnosis is to be welcomed. Currently, over 10,000 people die needlessly in the UK each year due to a failure by medical professionals to recognise the symptoms of this common and potentially-fatal illness.

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