Posted by Aston Avery

National inquiry finds major shortcomings in osteoporosis treatment and care

The findings of a new national inquiry into osteoporosis and bone health in UK have been revealed. The inquiry published today by the “All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Osteoporosis and bone health” shows major shortcomings in treatment and care, with experts and Parliamentarians calling on Government and the NHS to make urgent changes.

The inquiry, managed by the Royal Osteoporosis Society (ROS), was launched in February. It aimed to better understand why people with osteoporosis and a high risk of fracture (broken bones) are routinely being overlooked in the NHS.

The inquiry’s key recommendation is for a new Osteoporosis National Screening Programme to give fracture prevention the priority it needs. Screening programmes have already been successfully implemented around other health conditions, such as bowel, breast and cervical cancer and routine tests for those at risk of diabetes, COPD, or asthma.

Aston spoke to Craig Jones, chief executive of the Royal Osteoporosis Society.

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