The “Better Heart Disease and Stroke Care Action Plan”, which is backed by over £1 million of funding each year, contains actions aimed at ensuring that people with stroke get access to effective, safe and person-centred care as quickly as possible. Full implementation will help to ensure that we maintain momentum and continue to improve the quality of care and support that is available to people with stroke.
NHS Scotland has made great progress in improving the outcomes for people with stroke. Between 1995 and 2010 we saw a 60 per cent reduction in the number of people who died prematurely from stroke. In 2011 stroke deaths fell by 5.7 per cent on the previous year.