Is it better to spend money on the NHS, or on Local Government? Most of us would say the NHS… after all, they treat us when we need it don’t they.

If you are unfortunate to suffer a stroke, it’s better if it happens during the day and you are awake and that there is somebody with you that recognises the symptoms and can get help.

The time involved in treating you is critical. Your chances of surviving and recovery are enhanced if an ambulance gets to you quickly and treatment begins before you are conveyed to the hospital.

Your chances of surviving and recovery are enhanced if an ambulance gets to you quickly and treatment begins before you are conveyed to the hospital.

This week I was involved in discussions with health officials about how to achieve the best outcomes for Hampshire residents. It’s clear that a longer journey time is probably better if, on arrival at the hospital, you have access to the right specialists and equipment. Hospitals that specialise in acute care perform markedly better than others.

It’s clear that a longer journey time is probably better if, on arrival at the hospital, you have access to the right specialists and equipment. Hospitals that specialise in acute care perform markedly better than others.

Hospitals that specialise in acute care perform markedly better than others.

Of course, the very best thing is to try and prevent people from having a stroke in the first place. My particular concern is that an increasingly sedentary population, with ready access to high fat, sugar and

My particular concern is that an increasingly sedentary population, with ready access to high fat, sugar and salty diets, (especially fast food) is entirely the wrong way to go. Consumption of alcohol and smoking makes things worse still.

Consumption of alcohol and smoking makes things worse still.

I know a lot of people object to the “nanny state” and don’t agree with spending anything on public health initiatives which are designed to help combat destructive behaviours.

We have to take responsibility for our own health. This is somewhat easier to do if you are educated and have the financial means to do so.

This is somewhat easier to do if you are educated and have the financial means to do so.

Wealthier people don’t always understand what it is like when you are poor and tend to blame people for making inappropriate lifestyle choices. The choices people make are often a consequence of what support they have access to. Austerity has impacted on the poorest people most of all, (even though they didn’t create the financial crash).

The choices people make are often a consequence of what support they have access to. Austerity has impacted on the poorest people most of all, (even though they didn’t create the financial crash).

Austerity has impacted on the poorest people most of all, (even though they didn’t create the financial crash).

However, the reality is that if we do nothing and just deal with the consequences, the taxpayer ends up paying more for the NHS and Social Care costs, (in addition to the increased human misery for those affected and the family and carers).

Whilst HCC is considering where to cut money, in order to save a further £140 million, I hope people will see that slashing funds for public health measures will likely only end up costing us more money in the long run…..

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Stroke/Pages/Introduction.aspx

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