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Wes Streeting reveals his personal vow to tackle the bone scan postcode lottery crisis in the NHS

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Wes Streeting reveals that his family has been affected by the bone scans postcode lottery, as he pledges to deliver on The Mail on Sunday’s campaign to end it.

The Shadow Health Secretary praised this newspaper’s ‘powerful’ drive – and said one of his first acts in government would be to task NHS England with developing a ‘rollout plan’, so every part of the country has access to Fracture Liaison Services (FLS) – the gold standard in early diagnosis.

He also unveils a new pledge to deliver an extra 15,000 bone DEXA scans each year to diagnose osteoporosis sooner. 

These scans would be provided on evenings and weekends and attempt to tackle the treatment backlog.

The announcement is a victory for the MoS campaign, after last week both Tory and Labour parties backed our crusade to expand FLS to every part of England.

Wes Streeting (pictured) reveals that his family has been affected by the bone scans postcode lottery, as he pledges to deliver on The Mail on Sunday's campaign to end it

Wes Streeting (pictured) reveals that his family has been affected by the bone scans postcode lottery, as he pledges to deliver on The Mail on Sunday’s campaign to end it

He also unveils a new pledge to deliver an extra 15,000 bone DEXA scans each year to diagnose osteoporosis sooner

He also unveils a new pledge to deliver an extra 15,000 bone DEXA scans each year to diagnose osteoporosis sooner

At present only just over half of trusts have it. Mr Streeting said: ‘It’s something I feel very strongly about.

‘A relative of mine had a stroke last year and when she returned home she had been there only a matter of days when she had a fall and broke her hip because of her osteoporosis.

‘Had she had access to [FLS] her experience might have been very different. We know how debilitating osteoporosis can be. 

‘Which is why I’m committed to making sure the powerful campaign you have set out with the Royal Osteoporosis Society is successful and that we see those FLS right across the country.

‘All the evidence shows earlier diagnosis means faster treatment and better outcomes for patients.’

‘What your campaign has done is shown that link between better outcomes for patients and better value for taxpayers’ money.’



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