We are excited to share that the Government has just committed to the new national plan for stroke that we have been developing with NHS England.
This is an amazing campaign victory. When we began our A New Era for Stroke campaign last year, the government dismissed our calls for a new national plan for stroke. This commitment shows how far we have come thanks to your campaigning on A New Era for Stroke. By signing our petition, writing to and meeting with your local politicians and sharing your views on what a national plan should include, you have helped achieve this commitment. Thank you.
The announcement came during an oral question in the House of Lords on atrial fibrillation (AF), Lord Hunt of Kings Heath asked why the national stroke strategy for England had not been updated on renewed. Lord O’Shaughnessy, the Health Minister responding for the Government said:
“On the stroke strategy, there is a follow on plan being developed by NHS England, and partners including the Stroke Association and others, which will take forward that approach. He will also be pleased to know that it’s an integrated service approach, so it’s including ambulance, community as well as secondary care.”
You can watch the video of this question and response on the parliament website.