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Urgent need to improve Stroke services

Friday, August 3, 2007

Sheffield Heeley MP Meg Munn is backing The Stroke Associations call for her constituents to get involved in a major Government consultation on the future of stroke services in their area.

Whilst a recent survey has shown a general improvement in stroke services in England, the standard of these stroke services does vary widely. Over a third of people who have a stroke are not treated on a specialised stroke unit, which can save lives and reduce disability.

The Government is developing a new ‘National Strategy for Stroke’, aimed at modernising stroke prevention, treatment and care. A consultation called ‘A new ambition for stroke’ has been published so that people can have their say on how stroke services can be changed or improved.

Meg said:

“There are many people in Heeley constituency who have been affected by stroke. It is a devastating condition that can strike anytime, and we urgently need to see improvements in stroke services and increase public awareness of the symptoms and risk factors for stroke.
The new ‘National Strategy for Stroke’ would be stronger if people, who have experience of stroke, or an interest in stroke services, take part in the consultation process. This includes stroke survivors, their carers, family members and health and social care professionals.”

Stroke is the third biggest killer in the UK and the biggest cause of serious adult disability.

On average around 60,000 people each year are likely to die from stroke and at least 300,000 people are living with moderate to severe disabilities as a result of stroke in England.

For further information on how to get involved contact The Stroke Association Campaigns hotline on 020 7566 1510 or visit their website www.stroke.org.uk


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