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Stroke Care Has Improved, Says NAO

Magazine article Public Finance

Stroke Care Has Improved, Says NAO

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Stroke care standards in England have improved and awareness of the condition has been heightened, but progress has not been universal, government auditors have said.

The National Audit Office praised the Department of Health's National Stroke Strategy as a 'comprehensive response' to concerns expressed in 2005 about stroke's low priority in the NHS.

The NAO said the strategyhad been underpinned by strong national leadership and performance indicators, while all relevant hospitals in England now had a specialist stroke unit.

Patients treated in a specialist unit were more likely to survive, experience fewer complications and regain their independence. Auditors estimated that stroke patients' chances of dying within ten years had reduced from 71% to 67% since 2006.

But there were concerns that a majority of stroke patients are not admitted to a specialist unit promptly. The report also criticised health and social care for not working as well together as they could. …

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