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Mini-stroke victims 'miss out on vital care'

Many patients at high risk of stroke are not getting the specialist treatment they need, an audit has found.

People who suffer a mini-stroke are meant to undergo neck surgery to help prevent a full-blown attack.

The Royal College of Physicians and Vascular Society found just a third of 3,000 patients had the operation by the two-week deadline, and many did not get it.

About 500 lives a year could be saved, they said. The government said progress had been made on stroke services.

Adam Brimelow reports.

  • 22 Jul 2010