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Image caption Alison Brown struggled for a diagnosis - and was at one stage told she had a migraine. Almost half of hospitals have a shortage of specialist stroke consultants, new figures suggest. One charity fears "thousands of lives" will be put at risk unless action is taken, with others facing the threat of a lifelong disability. In 2016, Alison Brown had what is believed to have been at least one minor stroke. But non-specialist doctors at different hospitals repeatedly told her she did not have a serious health condition. One even described it as an ear infection. "I kept telling my dad, 'If I don't wake up, I love you,' because I knew there was something wrong," she tells the BBC's ... Full story

17 January