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Stroke treatment postcode lottery in England

Time is of the essence following a stroke, yet those affected across England face a postcode lottery when it comes to receiving urgent specialist treatment. Whether it’s because of a lack of available specialist doctors or not being able to get a brain scan within the recommended time, these fundamental issues are putting patients’ recovery at risk. This graphic reviews the ten best and worst-performing areas of the country for access to urgent treatment at major hospitals and shows a clear disparity between different regions and cities