Osteoporosis charity criticises government over quality framework

Charity the National Osteoporosis Society has criticised the government for blocking improvements to the quality framework.

The GPC had agreed improvements to the quality framework with NHS Employers.

These included a register of patients with fragility fractures and an indicator related to treatment with bone sparring agents, a register of patients with PAD, measures and treatments related to BP, cholesterol and relevant blood thinning agents, and beta- blockers for the treatment of heart failure.

The GPC wrote to the National Osteoporosis Society, Target PAD (Peripheral Arterial Disease), the Circulation Foundation and the British Cardiac Patients Association.

GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman said: ‘We have an aging population, diseases like these are going to affect more and more of us. The government's plans are incredibly short-sighted and ill thought out.'

Nick Rijke, director of public and external affairs for the National Osteoporosis Society, said: ‘Instead of spending almost £2 billion a year treating the devastating consequences of serious fractures, we should be investing in a coherent program of prevention and early diagnosis to prevent tens of thousands of people breaking bones unnecessarily.

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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