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Stroke

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Stroke is the third biggest cause of death in the UK and the largest single cause of severe disability. Each year more than 110,000 people in England will suffer from a stroke which costs the NHS over £2.8 billion.

The Department of Health recognised the importance of developing better stroke services by including specific milestones, targets and actions in the National Service Framework (NSF) for Older People launched in March 2001

Following on from this, the Government has launched a national stroke strategy to modernise service provision and deliver the newest treatments for stroke. The Government's target which aims to reduce the death rate from Stroke, CHD and related diseases in people under 75 by at least 40 percent by 2010 has already been achieved.

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Stroke Research Network (opens new window)

Part of the UK Clinical Research Network, the Stroke Research Network will provide a world-class health service infrastructure to support clinical stroke research.

National Stroke Improvement Initiative (opens new window)

The National Stroke Improvement Initiative has been set up to support the implementation of the Department of Health Stroke Strategy and development of stroke care networks

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