Stroke patients should be offered extra rehabilitation on the NHS, according to updated guidelines for England and Wales from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). The body, which previously recommended 45 minutes a day, now says some patients may need more intensive therapy and is suggesting three hours a day, five days a week. Experts welcome the advice, but question how feasible it will be for a stretched health service to deliver. NHS England has said increasing the availability of high-quality rehabilitation is a priority, with more people than ever surviving a stroke thanks to improvements in NHS care.
The GP contract 2024/25 aims to cut bureaucracy and help practices with cash flow.
King’s Fund chief analyst Siva Anandaciva has questioned the value of the many productivity reviews the NHS has undergone in recent years.