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Welsh stroke patients 'let down by hospitals'.

Stroke sufferers in Wales are being let down by hospitals with potentially tragic consequences, according to a survey.

The National Sentinel Audit for Stroke claims Welsh patients are more likely to die or suffer serious disability than anywhere else in the UK. It looked at every hospital in the country and says only 45 per cent have a stroke unit, compared with 97 per cent in England.

It also claims that too few Welsh patients are treated in stroke units or have brain scans within 24 hours of stroke symptoms appearing.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 10, 2007
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