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NHS services for the prevention and care of falls and fracture are 'inadequate' and routinely fail to deliver satisfactory care, a report has shown.
The audit, commissioned by health watchdog the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP), found a 'major gap' between NHS organisations' commissioning plans and the care received by patients.
Just 37 per cent of local health services provided a fracture liaison service, seen as the best way to prevent future fractures. Only 33 per cent of non-hip fracture and 60 per cent of hip fracture patients received appropriate care for osteoporosis.
The report urged local NHS services to commission a …