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Amy Bond: Death by osteoporosis
I was particularly concerned reading statistics in this article in relation to osteoporosis. Every year, thousands of patients who have broken a bone because of osteoporosis are given no help. The statistics show that 76,000 Britons suffer hip fracture each year. Of these patients, one in ten dies within a month, and 50% never regain their independence. Therefore, around 1,150 people die each month due a fractured hip; a death that could so easily have been prevented if the doctors would have recognised the warning signs.
Sadly, in two thirds of the country, there are no clinics specifically designed to prevent breaks and help prevent it happening again, despite national guidelines to the contrary. I sadly have been instructed by the family of one such woman who view her death as tragic and avoidable had the warning signs been recognised. Osteoporosis affects everyone, as the personal experience of the Duchess of Cornwall highlights. I am in agreement with campaigners and medical specialists who are calling for preventive treatment for osteoporosis to become a top priority. Better use of interventions to reduce the risk of falling and medications to cut the risk of fractures would lead to around 4,500 fewer hip fractures in the UK each year, saving millions of pounds to the NHS budget and most importantly, prevent needless deaths from occurring. Amy Bond is a solicitor specialising in clinical negligence. If you or a member of your family have a clinical negligence enquiry please call our expert clinical negligence solicitors on 0800 916 9049, fill in our short online claim form or email and one of our specialist clinical negligence team will be in touch.