The NHS is failing to provide an efficient service for allergy sufferers, according to a review by the Department of Health.
The report suggests that action is needed to improve services for sufferers of allergic reactions, which are thought to affect a third of people at some point during their lifetime.
Many people choose to visit private clinics to obtain a diagnosis and advice on their allergies, while those unable to pay for private healthcare have to turn to charities for support.
Care services minister Ivan Lewis said that the review had heard that people with allergies often feel "let down by a poor and frequently unobtainable service".
"For those living with an allergy severe enough to require specialist care, the lack of allergy services is a problem which can greatly affect their quality of life," he commented.
"Some people can wait three to nine months for an appointment to see a consultant in secondary care," he revealed.
"We need to ensure that GPs and others in primary care have clinical knowledge and support systems in order to spot allergy in the early stages, so that an effective management plan can be offered from the start."
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Allergy treatment news : 21/07/2006