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