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£77m to employ stroke specialists

The government has set aside £77 million so that every council in England can appoint a dedicated stroke care co-ordinator, it has been announced.

Health Minister Ann Keen said the extra money, to be spent over the next three years, would help support stroke survivors and their carers.

The funding is aimed at developing innovative new approaches to delivering stroke services and improve areas of poor performance so that the NHS and social services can meet key markers in the Stroke Strategy.

Published in December, the strategy sets out a vision for stroke services that stretches from prevention through to life-long support.

Strokes are the largest single cause of severe disability in England and much of the extra investment will go towards better long-term support for the 300,000 people living with moderate to severe conditions.

Each local authority will get a ring-fenced grant worth an average of £100,000 per year, which can be used to fund a stroke care co-ordinator, counselling and support services or schemes to help victims get back to work.

On top of that, every Strategic Health Authority will receive £2.4m over the next three years to invest in improvements to acute stroke services.

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