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Osteoporosis DES to get £5m funding a year

The Department of Health plans to assign £5 million a year for two years for an osteoporosis DES, Pulse has learned.

But primary care experts have warned that the enhanced service, as part of the planned new £50million of clinical investment, is inadequate and will have little impact on patient care.

Dr Jonathan Bayly, a former GP and scientific adviser to the National Osteoporosis Society, said the investment was insufficient. ‘It is not performance-managed like the QOF is, and if you give healthcare organisations cash and it isn't ring-fenced it gets spent on other priorities,' he said.

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