She said: “I welcome the launch of the Stroke Association’s ‘Struggling to Recover’ report with recommendations on ways to meet the needs of patients and carers.
“Community care is a fundamental part of stroke treatment and care.
“It is not a luxury that can be added on; it is a vital element of the wider stroke recovery pathway.
“This report highlights issues around gaps in the services, future areas of need.
“It is clear that existing stroke services are not meeting the needs of patients and carers, particularly relating to community care.
“We believe that every stroke survivor has the right to make the best possible recovery they can after stroke and that is what we are working towards.”