Stroke services ‘heading for a crisis’
Major advances in acute stroke care are being missed because of a lack of funding in services, according to Prof Joe Harbison, the outgoing head of the HSE’s National Stroke Programme.
The rate of stroke in Ireland is due to rise by 50 per cent in the next eight years because the country’s population is ageing. The average age for a stroke is 74 and there are about 8,000 new cases of stroke every year.
Speaking at the launch of the Irish Heart’s Stroke Manifesto in Dublin, Prof Harbison said: “We are heading for a crisis. Our stroke services can’t even deal with the numbers we have now, let alone the surge in cases that has already started. ”