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GP hours not at fault for rise in strokes

I refer to your news story 'Recurrent strokes blamed on surgery opening hours'.

It is possible to relate almost anything to extended GP hours. Patient education on national TV, advising people with signs of stroke to go immediately to A&E, would educate the public and raise awareness in the profession and other health workers. TIA clinic referrals are not seen or assessed in two weeks in most cases anyway.

So where does the question of GPs preventing further episodes arise? This appears to be just another gimmick to get this study published quickly and possibly drum up support in the Department of Health.

From Dr Rupen Kulkarni, Redditch, Worcestershire

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