I've put pressure on the Scottish Government to ensure that the quality of care stroke patients receive is not determined by where they live, after a report showed key targets are being missed.
A report on the Scottish Stroke Improvement Programme shows key care standards continue to be missed, with the percentage of stroke patients receiving the appropriate package of stroke care falling in five health boards. Some have yet to implement key priorities set out in the 2013 Stroke Improvement Plan.
A stroke can happen to anyone, at any age, anywhere, and our health services must be equipped and supported to deliver the best possible care across the whole of Scotland
Today’s report shows that some stroke patients are missing out on receiving care that meets the agreed standard.
Ministers need to work with health boards to strengthen their responses to one of the biggest killers in Scotland. With only seven of the 29 hospitals meeting the Stroke Unit standard of 90%, improvements clearly still need to be made.
Given that 80% of strokes are preventable, the Scottish Government must also continue to tackle factors such as smoking and a poor diet.
A stroke can happen to anyone, at any age, anywhere, and our health services must be equipped and supported to deliver the best possible care across the whole of Scotland.