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NHS 'must improve hip fracture treatment'

NHS 'must improve hip fracture treatment'
23rd June 2011

The NHS must work to improve its treatment of hip fractures, with the ailment predicted to increase as the population ages, leading experts have claimed, in news bound to interest those using assisted living.

According to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellent (NICE), people with hip fractures are not prioritised in the hospital environment, with some being forced to wait days for an operation.

The government watchdog continued that hip fracture patients should receive surgery on the day or the day after hospital admission.

Michelle Mitchell, charity director at Age UK, said: "When it comes to hip fractures, the difference between good and bad care can be life-changing, yet currently many people are subject to a postcode lottery in terms of treatment."

According to NHS Choices, by 2016 it is thought there will be around 117,000 hip fractures in the UK per year.

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