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Charities hail new stroke strategy

Charities have welcomed the government's new 10-year strategy to help stroke patients get faster access to life-saving treatments.

Health Secretary Alan Johnson is unveiling a raft of new measures, including a £12m awareness campaign.

Brain scan waiting times will also be speeded up, and quicker assessments carried out at specialist stroke units.

The government hopes the £105m scheme will prevent up to 6,800 deaths and cases of disability each year, with a further 1,600 strokes averted through preventive measures.

Joe Korner, director of external affairs for The Stroke Association, said: "So many deaths from stroke are needless and the trail of disability that this condition leaves can be avoided.

"This announcement presents the best chance in a generation to tackle the scourge of stroke - it is what hundreds and thousands of stroke survivors have been crying out for both in terms of acute and long-term care.

"Going forward, we believe that it is a realistic goal for death from stroke to become as rare as death during childbirth.

"To start us on this road, it is absolutely vital that the recommendations contained within the strategy are implemented across the country with targets set to guarantee its success."

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The Stroke Association

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