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MPs urge action on osteoporosis

Opposition MPs are calling for people to be screened for osteoporosis, and for new drugs to be made available on the NHS.

Liberal Democrat health spokesman Norman Lamb said the government must act to include the brittle bone condition in its plans to improve public health.

During a debate in the Commons, he said: "Three million people in the UK suffer from osteoporosis.

"The cost from fractures of those people in social care and in hospital care amounts to some £2bn a year.

"Treatment is very effective. If you properly treat the whole category of people you can cut the rate of fractures by up to 50%."

He also welcomed the announcement last year that girls will receive vaccinations to prevent the virus that can cause cervical cancer.

And Conservative Wellingborough MP Peter Bone called for drugs used to treat wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) to be made available on the NHS.

At present, they are only available privately, but the condition is the most common cause of blindness in the UK.

He said: "The NHS is saying to people: 'You can go deliberately blind or you can go and pay privately'."

Norman Lamb

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"Very definitely. I do not think the NHS is taking osteoporosis seriously enough. If you have the condition you have to research the situation yourself. Most GPs know very little about it. There are so many things you can do to improve your bone density and avoid fractures" - Name and address supplied