Stroke Action Plan

Date published: 20 June 2022

Summary

Stroke is one of the most devastating health crises anyone can face. It is a major health issue in Northern Ireland with around 3,000 people being admitted to hospital each year and 39,000 stroke survivors living in our communities. Stroke care is provided both in hospitals and the community but too often, and despite the best efforts of staff, the service is not as good as it could or should be.

In March 2019, the Department undertook a public consultation on proposed commitments to reform stroke services set out in the consultation document ‘Reshaping Stroke Care: Saving Lives, Reducing Disability’. The consultation outlined the challenges within stroke services and sought views on how those services should be reshaped to improve stroke care. Over 19,000 responses to the consultation were received. Further information on the consultation, including the Consultation Analysis Report is available here  https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/reshaping-stroke-care.

On 20th June 2022, the Department published a Stroke Action Plan and accompanying Equality Screening and Rural Impact Assessment, setting out a range of actions to be taken forward to improve stroke services.

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