Fracture Liaison Services hold key to addressing crisis in osteoporosis, attendees at National Osteoporosis conference hear
 
The growing crisis in osteoporosis causing 300,000 debilitating fractures and costing the NHS £1.9bn every year can be effectively addressed by implementing and improving Fracture Liaison Services throughout hospitals and clinics across the UK, attendees at the National Osteoporosis Society conference in Birmingham heard in November.
 
Dr Kassim Javaid, Consultant in Metabolic Medicine at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust – who spoke about Fracture Liaison Services at the conference – said: “The enormous personal cost of the often debilitating fractures caused by osteoporosis and the financial impact on our already under-pressure health service will only intensify as our population ages.
 
“Fracture Liaison Services are a proven way of addressing these issues and policy makers and health service managers would do well to heed the clear call at this conference to do more to help set them up.”
 
Over 700 health professionals working in the field of osteoporosis and bone health attended the conference. Speaking on the first day Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS England Medical Director, said osteoporosis was a “problem that will drain the national health service if we don’t do something about it.”

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