HC Deb 15 April 2003 vol 404 cc95-6W
Gregory Barker

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients at Eastbourne district general hospital were treated for strokes for each year since 1992; and what their survival rates were.[108432]

Ms Blears

Information about patients treated for strokes by individual hospitals and their survival rates is not collected centrally.

The national service framework (NSF) for older people, published in March 2001, requires all general hospitals that care for people with stroke to have by April 2004, a specialised stroke service, as described in the NSF stroke service model.

Implementation of specialist stroke services is required in "Improvement, Expansion and Reform, the Priorities and Planning Framework for 2003–6." This makes clear that implementation of the older people's NSF is a top priority, and that the 2004 milestone around specialist stroke services is a key target.