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RCP warns over shortage of stroke physicians

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i6398 (Published 29 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6398
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

Stroke care has considerably improved in recent years but the shortage of consultants is increasing, a report has warned.

The Royal College of Physicians’ third annual Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme report showed that, despite stroke care improving year on year, more work is needed to ensure that all patients have access to high quality care regardless of where they live.1

Covering all eligible acute stroke units in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, the report found that, while the amount of consultant time in stroke care has increased since 2014 (measured in programmed activities), 40% of acute trusts had at least …

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