UK allergy experts are asking the health secretary to take decisive action to improve care for people with allergies. In a letter to The Times today, the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology said improving allergy diagnosis and management could cut unnecessary costs to the NHS.

Dr Pam Ewan, a consultant allergist at Addenbrooke's Hospital, said: "It is a national disgrace that despite three reports from expert bodies, professional and patient organisations and the House of Lords, there is still no comprehensive concerted action on improving services for patients with allergy."

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