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Call to improve care of elderly with broken hips

One in five elderly people with broken hips do not get surgery quickly enough, a survey shows.

An audit by the Royal College of Surgeons in England, Wales and Northern Ireland discovered wide variations in care but did find that standards overall are improving.

Scotland no longer carries out an audit of hip fractures.

The survey of 36,000 patients also raised concerns about access to specialist care, the right drugs and support to prevent future falls.

Branwen Jeffreys reports.

  • 02 Sep 2010