Stroke patients are not treated quickly enough

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 17 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:615
  1. Adrian O'Dowd
  1. London

The NHS needs an increase of 400-500% in the number of stroke specialists to improve stroke care to acceptable standards, it has been claimed. The National Sentinel Stroke Audit 2004, published this week, found that standards of stroke care had undergone “dramatic improvement” in recent years but that huge problems remained.

The audit of all hospitals in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland found that 82% of hospitals in England had stroke units by April 2004, when the survey was done, while the proportion of hospitals that had stroke units in Northern Ireland was …

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