Calling for equal access to osteoporosis treatment and care

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In England and Wales, only half (51%) of NHS trusts have a Fracture Liaison Service (FLS), the gold standard for systematically identifying, accessing, and treating anyone who breaks a bone after age 50.

This is leaving 90,000 people are missing out on vital osteoporosis treatment and at risk of further fractures simply because of their postcode.

We're calling on the Government to ensure 100% access to FLS in England, meaning equal access to vital osteoporosis treatment and care. This will be in line with Scotland and Northern Ireland who currently have 100% FLS coverage.

Sign the England petition.

Sign the Wales petition.

Every voice matters - will you add yours?

Campaign background

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Osteoporosis and Bone Health launched on 25 March 2021 to raise awareness of osteoporosis and the importance of bone health among Parliamentarians and NHS leaders.

As its first act, the APPG launched an inquiry into the provision of Fracture Liaison Services (FLS). As part of the inquiry, a Freedom of Information request was sent to all NHS Trusts to find out if they provide an FLS last summer.

The data collected by the APPG Inquiry revealed that only half of Trusts in England provide an FLS (51%), compared to 100% coverage in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Following the release of the report and recommendations in December last year, the ROS have launched a national petition calling for the Government to end the postcode lottery in England. If 10,000 people sign the petition the Government must formally respond. The ambition for the campaign is to drive parliamentary engagement and push osteoporosis treatment and care higher up on the political agenda, with the eventual aim of ending the postcode lottery for access to FLS in England.

As petitions to Parliament can only cover issues which are fully within the remit of Parliament and not those which are devolved, this petition is exclusively focused on England. 

However, this is one step towards providing FLS coverage for all people and offers us another chance to put osteoporosis on to the agenda of decision makers in devolved nations such as Wales. Work in the devolved nations is ongoing and is all part of an overall effort to improve services. This is why we have invited supporters of ours from the devolved nations to sign the petition.