Derek Thomas MP has joined stroke survivors in calling for a new national stroke strategy for England.

In St Ives there are 2,615 stroke survivors living with the devastating impact of stroke. Local MP, Derek Thomas, is supporting the Stroke Association’s campaign to ensure stroke survivors receive the support they need.

The charity’s latest campaign, A New Era for Stroke, urges the Government to commit to a new national stroke strategy. The National Stroke Strategy for England was introduced to improve standards in treatment and support for people affected by stroke, and is due to end in 2017. A recent Stroke Association survey found that, in the South West, 44% of stroke survivors felt abandoned when they left hospital. The charity is warning that stroke survivors’ recovery will continue to be put at serious risk unless the Government commits to a new strategy.   

Derek Thomas said: “Stroke is a devastating condition that can affect anyone at any time. Stroke patients deserve the best possible treatment and support in hospital and when they return home to continue their recovery. No stroke survivor should ever feel abandoned. That’s why I’m supporting the Stroke Association’s call for a new national stroke strategy in England.”

Alexis Wieroniey, Deputy Director of Policy and Influencing at the Stroke Association, said: “Stroke survivors have told us they feel abandoned when they leave hospital and do not have access to the vital support they need to help with their recovery. We urgently need MPs to take action to make sure the voices of stroke survivors are heard by the Government, so it’s great to have the support of Derek Thomas.

“We’re incredibly grateful to everyone who has lent their support to our campaign. But from the end of this year, there will be nothing in place to drive forward improvements in stroke treatment and care across the country.”

To find out more about the Stroke Association’s A New Era for Stroke campaign, visit www.stroke.org.uk/newera.

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