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Strategy launched to improve stroke care

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A new stroke strategy launched by the Department of Health today will spend £105m on extra training posts and raising awareness.

The national stroke strategy aims to reduce strokes by various initiatives including providing higher-risk individuals an MRI scan within 24 hours of experiencing TIA symptoms.

Over 110,000 people in England suffer from strokes every year, making it the third biggest cause of death in the UK and the largest cause of severe disability. Sufferers can have their mobility, cognition, sight or communication affected.

Of the total amount of funding, £16m will go towards training for nurses, stroke consultants and AHPs as well as 30 new stroke specialist physician training posts created next year.

Health secretary Alan Johnson said: 'Despite the considerable gains in developing stroke units, there remains much to be done to bring stroke services in line with those for cancer and heart disease. Now is the time to close that gap. We could see an 80% reductions by scanning within 24 hours.'

Professor Roger Boyle, national clinical director for stroke and heart disease, said: 'Working across the networks, we need to pool the talents of doctors, nurses and therapists who are already working tirelessly to improve care of those with stroke.'

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