THOUSANDS of stroke patients are missing out on a “miracle treatment” that could spare them a lifetime of disability.
One in ten stroke patients — about 10,000 each year — could benefit.
But the NHS missed a target to offer the procedure to all eligible patients by December.
Clinics say they do not have the staff or equipment to offer everyone the treatment, which must be done quickly after a stroke.
About half of clinics are working only in office hours from Monday to Friday.
Stroke Association boss Juliet Bouverie said: “It is a miracle treatment that pulls patients back from near-death.
“It’s shocking so many patients are missing out and being saddled with unnecessary disability.”