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Support for London health reform

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Strokes are the second biggest killer in London

Plans to create specialist centres in London to treat stroke victims and the seriously injured, have been given support.

Healthcare for London carried out a consultation for the proposals to establish eight world-class specialist stroke centres and four trauma centres.

About 11,000 people responded to the 14-week consultation, with the majority backing the scheme.

A final decision over the plans is expected on 20 July.

About 11,500 Londoners suffer a stroke each year, of whom 2,000 die. It is the second biggest killer in the city and the most common cause of disability.

There are around 1,600 major trauma incidents in London a year. Major trauma involves complex injuries, often as the result of a serious road traffic accident or a fire-arms incident.

Support for London health reform

The consultation results show that regarding stroke care, 73% of those consulted agreed with the proposal that eight specialist stroke care should be provided.

On trauma care, 87% supported the creation of four major trauma networks.

Healthcare for London said the locations of these trauma networks would be at The Royal London Hospital, St George's Hospital, King's College Hospital and St Mary's Hospital.

These would be linked to local centres delivering rehabilitation and general care.

David Sissling, from Healthcare for London said: "It is clearly not right that some people in London who have a stroke or experience major injuries die prematurely or become disabled because they don't have access to the best care.

"That is why we have proposed the changes covered by this consultation."

The consultation is part of Health Minister Lord Darzi's 10-year vision for healthcare in London.

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