“We are hugely disappointed that the Somerset County Council and Clinical Commissioning Group are unable to continue funding for vital stroke services across Somerset. As a result, the Stroke Association’s Stroke Recovery service and Emotional Support service, we provide across Somerset will cease completely from April 2017.
“These cuts to the Stroke Association’s services will have a significant impact on vulnerable stroke survivors, their carers, and loved ones in Somerset. We strongly encourage councillors and the Clinical Commissioning Group to stand up for local stroke survivors, and oppose this proposal.
“Stroke is a leading cause of disability and our services provide the practical advice and emotional support that stroke survivors and their loved ones desperately need. Our services have helped people return to work, find their voice again, and live independently in their own homes. This crucial support also helps to prevent further avoidable strokes and deaths.
“This proposal means that we will help fewer people. The impact will be devastating not only for stroke survivors but their carers too. It is extremely concerning that this is even being considered by local councillors and the CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group).
“Latest figures from Public Health England show that at the end of 2015 there were over 12,500 people diagnosed with stroke in the Somerset area. Through the Stroke Association services, these people have been supported to make the best possible recovery, but this proposal puts people’s lives and recoveries at risk.
“Although people can recover from stroke with the right support, too many survivors are written off and denied their right to recovery. Our services provide this lifeline.
“We are calling on residents in Somerset to get in touch with their local councillors and the Clinical Commissioning Group to work together to stop this devastating blow to the local community.”
If you’d like more information on how this proposed cut affects you or would like to support the Stroke Association, please contact Jacqui Cuthbert on Jacqui.Cuthbert@stroke.org.uk or 0117 9119350.
For more information about stroke visit www.stroke.org.uk or call the Stroke Association’s Helpline on 0303 303 3100.
For more information please contact:
Daisy Dighton (PR Officer for the South of England)
Daisy.Dighton@stroke.org.uk / 0207 940 1358