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17 April 2017

NHS England has announced that it will commission mechanical thrombectomy so it can become more widely available for eligible patients.

Work by NHS England is now underway to assess the readiness of each of the 24 neuroscience centres across the country which are set to introduce the service. It is expected the treatment will start to be phased in later in this year with an estimated 1,000 patients set to benefit across the first year of introduction. NHS England will work with Health Education England and trusts to build on the expertise that is currently available in these specialised centres, developing the workforce and systems to enable an estimated 8,000 to receive this treatment in coming years.

This is part of NHS England’s plans to introduce world leading and innovative healthcare as set out in Next steps for the NHS Five Year Forward View.

Link to NHS England annoucement

Link to NHS MT policy proposition document (pdf)