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Patients with hip fractures need better care, says report

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7016.1323 (Published 18 November 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1323

Hip fracture affects 57000 people a year in England and Wales, most of them elderly, but hospital care for these patients is not all that it should be, according to a report from the Audit Commission. The commission found that some people experienced unnecessary waits in casualty departments and that their assessment was not always sufficiently thorough for their care to be planned adequately.

The report says that waiting more than 24 hours for an operation is not uncommon. It acknowledges that speed is not everything …

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