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Government gives underperforming trusts a year to improve stroke services

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c1155 (Published 25 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1155
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

    Trusts and areas with poor stroke services are expected to make substantial improvements within the next 12 months, the government has underlined in a parliamentary session.

    Experts from the Department of Health told MPs on the public accounts committee on 24 February that it could take five years from the launch of the National Stroke Strategy of 2007 before all hospitals in England were providing the best service for stroke patients. And time is almost up.

    The public accounts committee was holding an inquiry into the department’s progress in improving stroke care and a report about this subject published earlier in February by the National Audit …

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