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Strokes: Rehabilitation

Volume 478: debated on Thursday 26 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to improve support for people with communication disabilities following strokes; and if he will make a statement. (213464)

The new “National Stroke Strategy”, published in December 2007 (copies of which are available in the Library), 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. These include support with communication disabilities and other 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. This includes £45 million to local authorities (LAs) to help them develop or accelerate their existing provision of long-term support to those who live with the effects of a stroke. We expect that LAs will work with their national health service partners in this.