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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-18910: Alexander Stewart (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 19 September 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what progress it is making in reviewing the evidence from London, Greater Manchester and elsewhere regarding reshaping acute stroke services, as set out at page 72 of A National Clinical Strategy for Scotland, and by what date it will publish its findings.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 27 September 2018

The Scottish Government recognises the benefits of thrombectomy which can significantly improve outcomes and quality of life for some people who have had an ischaemic stroke by avoiding or reducing the level of disability.

That is why the Directors of Planning Thrombectomy Advisory Group are producing a national planning framework for the provision of thrombectomy for Scotland. This will include consideration of evidence and learning from London and Greater Manchester stroke services. It is intended that this will be completed by early 2019. It will be the basis for moving forward on implementation and spread of thrombectomy provision in Scotland.