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Concern over stroke support cuts in Great Yarmouth and Waveney

Nikki Fox

BBC Look East

A charity which has helped hundreds of stroke survivors says it is having to close a local branch because it has lost its funding.

The Stroke Association supports people in their own homes and provides an outreach worker in Great Yarmouth and Waveney. 

Stroke
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But the Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the local NHS health commissioners, have said they can no longer afford the service.

Ritired DJ Ken Mason, who lives alone on a caravan park near Great Yarmouth, said the support he received from an outreach worker provided by the Stroke Association was vital after he left hospital following a stroke.

"Without the support I would have ended up either dead or in hospital," he told the BBC.

Sara Betsworth, of the Stroke Association
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Sara Betsworth (pictured), of the Stroke Association, criticised the CCG for "salami slicing" an important service.

"The CCG should be talking to us and to stroke survivors and local people, because my understanding is they haven't been talked too," she said.

The CCG declined an interview, but said it made the decision "because the Stroke Association said it could not continue providing the same level of service for the money which was available". 

It says the charity signposts people to information and does not fulfill a health role. This is disputed by the Stroke Association.

Calls for Coperforma to be investigated

Siobhan Daniels

BBC Live reporter

The Shadow Health Secretary called for an inquiry during a visit to Hove into the controversial contract for non-emergency patient transport across Sussex. 

The multi million pound deal was awarded to Coperforma last year but the company faced harsh criticism for long delays in providing NHS patients with hospital transport. 

MP urges women to make more use of rural maternity units

The Ludlow MP, Philip Dunne, is urging women to make more use of rural maternity units like the ones in Bridgnorth and Ludlow.

After a meeting with NHS managers, Mr Dunne said "increasing the number of births at each location is important to help secure their long term future".

Philip Dunne
BBC

The MP is asking mums who have had babies at the midwife-led units to share their happy experiences, to encourage other women to use the facilities.

He says births and antenatal appointments at Ludlow have fallen over the past five years, but have risen in Bridgnorth.

In order to be viable and to retain quality committed midwives, our midwife-led units need to have more babies born in our community hospitals each year, to improve upon the average of one or two per week."

Philip DunneMP for Ludlow