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£77m for stroke services

9th May 2008

Health minister Ann Keen has unveiled plans for every local authority in England to be able to appoint a dedicated Stroke Care Coordinator under a £77m funding package for stroke services.

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The role will be to help support survivors and their carers.

Over the next three years, the government has committed £77 million to help develop new approaches to delivering stroke services and support areas in which there are poor performances to help NHS and social services meet key markers in the Stroke Strategy.

It will see each authority receive an average of £100,000 a year that will be ring-fenced.

The money will help fund areas such as: a stroke care co-ordinator; counselling and support services to help survivors deal with the emotional and cognitive effects of stroke; supporting sufferers to get back to work through a vocational rehabilitation scheme.

Every Strategic Health Authority will also receive £2.4 million over the next three years to invest in improvements to acute services across the country.

Ms Keen said: “Stroke survivors often say that the full impact of their condition only hits them once they leave hospital. For some, this can feel like a time of abandonment, when it is hard to know how access help.

“That is why extra investment in social services is so important. We know that long-term support needs to be better coordinated and local authorities have a critical role to play alongside the NHS and the voluntary sector in improving services for the thousands of people living with disabilities as a result of stroke.?

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