QOF needed for osteoporosis prevention

The National Osteoporosis Society (NOS) has criticised the government's move to block improvements to the quality framework.

The GPC had agreed improve-ments to the quality framework with NHS Employers.

The GPC has written to the NOS, Target Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), the Circulation Foundation and the British Cardiac Patients Association about the QOF deadlock.

GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman said: 'We have an ageing population and 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 NOS, said: 'Instead of spending almost £2 billion a year treating the devastating consequences of serious fractures, we should be investing in a coherent programme of prevention and early diagnosis to prevent tens of thousands of people breaking bones unnecessarily.

'By not including osteoporosis in the quality framework, the government will be getting off to a bad start in implementing Gordon Brown's excellent focus on preventative care.'

neil.durham@haymarket.com.

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