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Boost for stroke care

10th July 2007

The government has launched a consultation into the future of stroke services in the hope of bringing about modernisation and reducing the death and disability rate.

Proposals are set to include looking at ways to prevent strokes such as providing faster treatment for transient ischaemic attacks, treating early signs of stroke more effectively and improving care when people leave hospital following a stroke.

The consultation will be published by professor Roger Boyle, director of Heart and Stroke.

Professor Boyle said: "I want to see better public awareness of how they can prevent strokes and what the early signs are so they get the treatment they need in time.

"Getting proper, early treatment can mean the difference between long-term paralysis or walking out of hospital a few days after your stroke."

Alan Johnson, health secretary, said: "Despite the considerable gains in developing stroke units over the last few years, there remains more to be done to bring stroke services in line with cancer and heart disease services.

"We have some world class stroke centres already; the challenge is to raise the bar for stroke care across the country based around the needs of individuals and their families."