‘Stroke Association Manifesto’ Campaign Response

I am proud to support Stroke Association and their great work in providing care, treatment and advice to those affected by stroke.

The SNP Government developed the Stroke Improvement Plan to deliver improved prevention, treatment and care for all people in Scotland. The decrease in both mortality rates and the rate of new cases of stroke between 2008 and 2017 show that our strategy for tackling stroke is delivering important improvements for patients.

Although significant progress has been made, the stress of Covid-19 on health services means that enhanced treatment is required to deliver the best possible health and social care.

With Nicola Sturgeon as your First Minister, the SNP has pledged to create a National Care Service, backed by increasing investment in social care by 25%. This will be crucial in supporting the NHS’ recovery as we move out of this pandemic, particularly due to the devastating consequences of ‘long Covid’ and the links to stroke.

Fiona Hyslop