From important political issues like Brexit to cutting-edge new stroke treatments like thrombectomy, there are many issues which affect those affected by stroke. Here, we set out what we think in our policy positions about the big issues important to stroke survivors, their families and the wider world of stroke
Thrombectomy is an exciting and effective new way of treating strokes caused by a clot. It involves inserting a catheter into an artery to access a clot, usually within five hours of someone having their stroke, which is then mechanically removed. We want all eligible patients to be able to access this game-changing treatment as quickly as possible.
Download our position on thrombectomy for more information.
Devolution of health and social care
In the last few years, the UK Government has taken steps to give new powers to local councils, communities and neighbourhood. This process is known as devolution. We are very interested in what the devolution of health and social care will mean for those affected by or at risk of stroke. Stroke survivors often rely heavily on their local NHS and social care services. Devolution could be important for stroke survivors if decisions made locally mean their treatment and care changes.
Download our position on the devolution of health and social care for more information.
Reorganising acute stroke services
Stroke patients should have access to the best possible treatment and care and a lot of progress has been made in several parts of the UK in recent years to make sure that happens, including reorganising hospital stroke services.
Download our position on reorganising acute stroke services for more information.
Stroke is one of the biggest causes of disability, meaning many stroke survivors are likely to be entitled to disability benefits. It is important that the benefits system works for stroke survivors, but we know that too often this isn’t the case. Our survey of stroke survivors and carers has highlighted that claiming benefits is a difficult and complicated process.
Download our position on disability benefits for more information.
The need for a new national plan for stroke in England
Stroke survivors have told us they want a new National Stroke Strategy for England to make sure that everyone can expect and access the best treatment and support for a stroke, no matter where they live. The current strategy is ending soon. The Government says that we don’t need a strategy for stroke anymore and that improving stroke care can be done by other more general government plans. We disagree. Stroke is a unique condition and it needs its own plan to cover all areas of stroke treatment and care, from preventing avoidable strokes to recovering after a stroke.
Download our position on the need for a new national plan for stroke in England for more information.
The European Union has an enormous influence over areas which directly impact the lives of stroke survivors and it is important that those negotiating the UK’s exit from the EU deliver a deal that doesn’t disadvantage those affected by stroke.
Download our position on Brexit for more information.
A second Scottish referendum
We respect the right of politicians on all sides to use their own and their parliaments’ time to continue to debate Scottish independence. But while these debates are ongoing, the need to tackle stroke in Scotland doesn’t go away.
Download our position on a second Scottish referendum for more information.
Using animals in research
Stroke is the fourth biggest cause of death in the UK and single largest cause of disability. Research into new treatments is vital if we are to save lives and reduce disability. The Stroke Association funds research worth around £3 million every year and most of this involves people. A small part of our funding, however, goes on research where there is no alternative but to involve animals.
Download our position on using animals in research for more information.
Using stem cells in research
Half of all stroke survivors are left with a disability and we know that recovering from a stroke can be really challenging – stroke survivors tell us every day. We believe that everyone has the right to make the best recovery they can from stroke. Stem cell technology has the potential to help achieve this and that’s why we support the continued use of stem cells in research.
Download our position on using stem cells in research for more information.