Quality of stroke care varies widely across England

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 31 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1816
  1. Helen Mooney
  1. 1London

    There is too much variability in the quality of care provided by stroke services in English hospitals, particularly in the speed at which patients access scans and the specialist care they receive, says the public spending watchdog.

    Edward Leigh, the chairman of the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee, said, “It is totally unacceptable that the likelihood of receiving a timely brain scan or accessing specialist care depends on where and when you have a stroke. In 2008, of all patients with a suspected stroke only three fifths had been scanned within 24 hours. It is also worrying that, despite …

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