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Health: Osteoporosis

House of Lords written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Lord Quirk Lord Quirk Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 12 July (WA 203), what assessment they have made of the model recommended by the International Osteoporosis Foundation and the National Osteoporosis Society for the provision of fracture treatment by specialist nurses.

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 2 July (WA 203), what assessment they have made of the adequacy of fracture liaison service provision in the National Health Service.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Responsibility for determining the overall national approach to improving clinical outcomes from healthcare services, including fracture liaison services (FLS), lies with NHS England.

We understand from NHS England that the model recommended by the International Osteoporosis Foundation and the National Osteoporosis society has been assessed as being best practice and is being promoted.

NHS England is aware that the provision of good FLS is not uniform across the United Kingdom and is working with clinical commissioning groups to support them to develop appropriate local services. It will be for the National Clinical Director for Major Trauma, Chris Moran, working with the National Osteoporosis Society, to consider how to further promote best practice and treatment.

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