Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today marked the publication of the Scottish Government’s report A Fairer Scotland for Older People, by calling on ministers to speed up progress on delivering a falls and fracture prevention strategy, more than two years after Parliament backed the Liberal Democrat proposal.
The report warns that the impact of falls is stark: 20% of older people who sustain a hip fracture die within six months, and the cost to the NHS of hip fractures alone is around £73 million per year.
Mr Cole-Hamilton said:
“Falls and fractures can lead to people being in hospital for long periods and have devastating implications for their ability to live independently.
“Even the fear of falling is a daily worry for thousands of older Scots. It leads to more people spending time at home and becoming isolated and lonely.
“It has been two years since Parliament agreed Scotland needs a national falls strategy and still the Government has failed to deliver. Ministers need to speed up progress and produce a strategy that supports our country’s older people.”