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  1. The decision made by NHS bosses to close STROKE services at QEQM will have deadly consequences for people in Thanet.
    The decision, by the Kent and Medway Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP), is to have just THREE stroke units in Kent — none of them in east Kent.
    Stroke sufferers will have to travel 40 miles in an emergency, which will lead to worse outcomes, and goes against F.A.S.T recommendations. It could take up to two hours for a Thanet patient to reach ashford, if ambulance response times and loading are taken into account. The people of Thanet do not believe this is safe, nor is it necessary.
    The STP have ignored the views of large numbers of the public who responded in protest during the consultation. Their own consultation results show the many concerns of medical staff and the the total lack of support for the plan in Thanet, the most adversely affected community.
    We call on all local politicians to get behind our hospitals. The silence of those who have not defended QEQM must end. If stroke services go from QEQM – next they will come for A&E and other acute services.
    Things you can do:
    • Join our Rally on 6 Oct (see over)
    • Sign our NEW Stroke petition
    • Contact your MP (AGAIN if you
    already have). Tell them your views
    • Join the SONiK team

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