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Osteoporosis services granted £3m donation

A grand total of £3m has been donated to 13 NHS Trusts across England and Wales to improve osteoporosis services.

The donation to the National Osteoprosis Society from the Grand Lodge of Master Masons is hoped to boost the number of bone density scans being carried out across the UK.

Previous research has identified a shortfall in osteoporosis scanning services throughout England and Wales, despite a £20m NHS pledge to improve scanning provision.

Claire Severgini, chief executive of the National Osteoporosis Society, said: "The response from NHS Trusts was overwhelming and clearly demonstrated both the extent of the gaps in the existing service and the commitment of the clinicians and managers to radically improve services.

"We know that thousands of people will benefit from improved local osteoporosis services and for that we are very grateful.

"By ensuring that those people with greatest need are being referred and scanned much more quickly, we have the potential to save thousands of pounds from the debilitating fractures that cause so much pain, distress and loss of independence."

National Osteoporosis Society