New research from the Stroke Association finds that the pandemic has affected every aspect of stroke treatment and care.
ALLIANCE member, Stroke Association, carried out a survey of almost 2,000 stroke survivors and unpaid carers. This important research finds that, while COVID-19 has had a huge impact on all of us, the recoveries of stroke survivors across the UK have been particularly badly affected. For example, 59% of stroke survivors in Scotland say they have received less support from health and care services than usual.
Stroke Association make several recommendations based on the findings, tailored for each of the four UK nations included in the report. In addition to the UK-wide recommendations, the report has two clear, recommendations for Scotland:
- The Scottish Government makes urgent progress on its 2019/20 and 2020/21 Programme for Government stroke commitments.
- Establish a regular reporting mechanism for those commitments to Parliament, to track progress and ensure transparency and accountability.
Stroke Association have also launched an Open Letter calling on governments and local decision-makers to act now.
Find out more about the research and how to support the Stroke Association Open Letter at – https://www.stroke.org.uk/stroke-recoveries-at-risk-report (this link will take you away from our website).