Quality and Outcomes Framework

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 5th February 2008.

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Photo of John Austin John Austin Labour, Erith and Thamesmead 2:30 pm, 5th February 2008

I wonder whether the Secretary of State has seen the recent evidence showing that only one in 10 women who have suffered a fragility fracture have been referred for a bone scan to discover whether they have osteoporosis. The figure for men is one in 50. I am sure that the Secretary of State is aware of the cost-effectiveness of early diagnosis of osteoporosis. Will he therefore ensure at an early stage that performance indicators for osteoporosis and incentives are built into the quality and outcomes framework? Does he agree that it would be foolish if money that could be available for osteoporosis was diverted into more flexible surgery hours, given the potential savings to the NHS from preventing secondary fractures?