Stroke Services

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 7:05 pm on 5th December 2017.

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Photo of David Amess David Amess Conservative, Southend West 7:05 pm, 5th December 2017

I absolutely join the hon. Lady in celebrating the work of all those charities.

The European Stroke Journal found that improving access to thrombolysis and early supported discharge services alone can contribute to reducing the financial burden of stroke on health and social care services. When the benefits of treatments such as mechanical thrombectomy are included, the costs can be lowered significantly. What measures are the Government taking to address the rising costs associated with strokes in England? I very much hope the Government are considering the widespread use of mechanical thrombectomy, which is a new and effective way of treating some of the most serious strokes caused by a blood clot.