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A third of stroke patients not getting appropriate care

July 9, 2019 12:00 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today chastised the Scottish Government for repeatedly failing to meet its own stroke targets by a giant margin.

New figures from the Scottish stroke improvement programme report show that in 2018 just 68% of stroke victims were reported to have been given appropriate care (as outlined in the Scottish Stroke Care Standards). The Scottish Government target for appropriate care is 80%, which was originally set in 2011. This target was not achieved by a single health board. The worst performing health boards were Highland (48%), Dumfries and Galloway (63) and Lothian (64%).

Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

"Appropriate and prompt stroke care is absolutely crucial. It can make all the difference when it comes to the speed of a patient's recovery and their subsequent quality of life.

"These figures are utterly shameful. Strokes affect thousands of Scots, and not just the elderly. It's the third biggest killer in this country and the Scottish Government are failing to deal with the problem effectively.

"The substandard state of stroke care reveals the real damage that funding pressures are still having on patient health. The Health Secretary must act to ensure all health boards have the support and resources they need."