MP backs charity's Fracture Liaison Service work
04 May 2018
We’ve known for a long time that Fracture Liaison Services are a cost effective and clinically proven way to deal with the growing problem of osteoporosis. Thankfully, Steve Brine MP, the government’s Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health and Primary Care, has said he agrees with us.
Mr Brine issued a response to a Parliamentary question posed by our supporter, Jim Shannon MP, recently. Mr Shannon had asked what steps the Department of Health was taking to help prevent fractures due to osteoporosis.
In his answer, Mr Brine said FLSs “play a key role in reducing the risk of fracture in patients,” and pointed to the important work being carried out by the National Osteoporosis Society to work with the NHS to commission more.
“There is good evidence that these services are cost-effective and can result in a reduction in the incidence of fragility fractures in the local population,” Mr Brine said.
“NHS England has developed a Falls and Fragility Fractures Pathway in partnership with Public Health England and the National Osteoporosis Society, as part of its Rightcare programme which highlights the high value interventions that systems should focus on to address variation, improve outcomes, reduce cost and contribute toward a sustainable NHS,” he added.
The National Osteoporosis Society is working hard on behalf of everyone affected by osteoporosis, and it’s fantastic to know that our work to create and improve effective Fracture Liaison Services has been recognised at the highest level.