NHS outlines plans for better care to prevent falls and fractures

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New plans have been outlined by the government that aim to prevent falls and fractures from causing serious health problems for older patients.

A report from Age UK and the National Osteoporosis Society has called for GPs and hospitals to work with local authorities to put better care programmes in place for elderly patients suffering from injuries through these common accidents.

Among the recommended measures are new health campaigns, a database to monitor non-hip fractures and financial incentives to improve care, as well a more holistic approach to social care and public health across local areas.

Currently, around 90,000 hospital admissions a year are caused by falls and fractures, a rate that is expected to double over the next 25 years if appropriate action is not taken.

Care services minister Paul Burstow said: "A fall or a fracture can turn a person's life upside down. Action to prevent trips and falls is critical to turning the rising tide of hospital admissions and costs."

Earlier this month, new data from the Department of Health suggested that NHS patient care quality is already starting to benefit from GP-led commissioning for services.

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