Osteoporosis: Disadvantaged

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 24th November 2021.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of levels of osteoperosis among people from lower socio-economic backgrounds; and what public health steps he is taking to tackle that condition among those groups.

Photo of Gillian Keegan Gillian Keegan Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

No recent assessment has been made. The Office for Health Improvement and Disparities was recently established within the Department to work with the National Health Service, local government, industry and partners to reduce health disparities and drive health improvement. Additionally, NHS England and NHS Improvement recognise the need for improved fracture prevention programmes to reduce regional and social inequalities in fracture incidence and outcome.

Integrated care systems are required to take a quality improvement approach to narrowing such health inequalities, implementing the five strategic priorities outlined in the 2021/22 Priorities and Operational Planning Guidance and aligning with the Core20PLUS strategy.

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