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05/02/08 MP Rosie pledges support to improve care for hip fractu

West Lancs Labour MP Rosie Cooper has pledged her support for an innovative new programme which will dramatically improve the livelihood of people who suffer from hip fracture in West Lancashire.

Over 70,000 people suffer from a hip fracture every year in the UK – equivalent to over 100 people in West Lancs – and this number is likely to double as the population ages. The cost to the NHS is a staggering £1.8bn.

Hip fracture is a preventable condition if warning signs are detected early enough and steps are taken to improve bone strength. The National Hip Fracture Database, a joint initiative between the British Geriatric Society and the British Orthopaedic Association, is a new scheme which will allow local hospitals to improve the standard of hip fracture care in West Lancs.

Commenting on the issue, Rosie said: “Hip fracture can have a hugely detrimental effect on the livelihood of local residents, particularly the elderly, but it is becoming increasingly possible to manage the condition, improve standards of care and, in some circumstances, prevent patients from suffering a fracture in the future.”

“The National Hip Fracture Database is a vital measure in addressing the impact of hip fracture and I hope all local hospitals will take part in the scheme.”

The quality of hip fracture care varies significantly across the UK, due to the way care standards are implemented, and because there is no integrated monitoring and recording of hip fracture treatment and outcomes.

The National Hip Fracture Database will collect, analyse and disseminate data on the treatment of hip fracture in hospitals throughout the country to ensure the best standard of care and practice are being observed.

Professor David Marsh, an orthopaedic surgeon and Chair of the National Hip Fracture Database Executive, said: “There is overwhelming evidence that shows we can prevent patients suffering from hip fractures, yet the vast majority are not even being assessed. Hip fractures are threatening to overwhelm trauma and orthopaedic units, and it’s vital that managers and clinicians know exactly how they are doing if they are to have any hope of providing a better service.”

“We know what best practice is, and the National Hip Fracture Database will give everyone a chance to aim for it.”

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