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Strokes: Health Services

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps the Government have taken to improve aftercare services for those who have had strokes. (205771)

The new ‘National Stroke Strategy’, published in December 2007, sets out 20 quality markers for the provision of high quality treatment and care for adult stroke survivors. Of those quality markers, seven link directly to the kind of support and services which those who have had a stroke and their carers need in the community, including high quality rehabilitation, information, advice, practical and peer support throughout the care pathway, in line with individual need.

In addition to the funding that has gone to primary care trusts, £105 million of central funding over three years will support implementation, including £45 million to local authorities to help them—working with their national health service partners—develop or accelerate their existing provision of long-term support to those who live with the effects of a stroke.