European stakeholders call for policy change to improve osteoporosis and fragility fracture prevention and care
The Osteoporosis and Fragility Fracture Policy Network brought together a select group of European stakeholders to join a virtual policy round table. During the meeting, participants discussed key policy challenges associated with osteoporosis and fragility fractures in addition to the priority policy actions that are needed to address them.
The policy round table was co-hosted by MEPs Sirpa Pietikäinen and Alex Agius Saliba and chaired by John Bowis, former MEP and Network member. Participants included European-level policymakers, healthcare professionals and representatives of older people, patients and carers.
Following the round table, a number of the organisations involved endorsed a Statement of Action calling for the following:
- Policymakers must recognise osteoporosis and fragility fractures as serious health conditions and a social inclusion challenge that needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency.
- Policymakers at national and European levels must recognise the important role of addressing osteoporosis and fragility fractures for gender equality.
- National governments should take measures to prevent osteoporosis and fragility fractures across the life course while ensuring those affected have access to high quality social services.
- European institutions should support Member States to implement these policies.