UK government to spend £105m to improve stroke services

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 13 December 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:1231
  1. Robert Short
  1. 1London

    The health secretary, Alan Johnson, last week launched a new strategy for the treatment of stroke in the United Kingdom, aimed at preventing 1600 strokes a year and cutting 6800 deaths and disabilities. Stroke is the third biggest killer in the UK and the largest cause of severe disability.

    Mr Johnson said, “What we are publishing today is a bold vision for the stroke services—covering prevention through to lifelong support.”

    This strategy has been developed in partnership with stakeholders, including representatives from stroke charities; stroke professionals in the NHS and social care professionals; and people affected by stroke and their carers. The national director for stroke and heart disease, Roger Boyle, supported by these …

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