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Prevention of falls in older people living in the community

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 28 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i1419

Re: Prevention of falls in older people living in the community: an old man's view

I am grateful to Prof Vieira and colleagues for a review which might, just might, be studied (and followed?) by NHS England.

It is interesting that up in Scotland and in West London, something seems to have been done (rapid responses by Simey et al and Ms Goodare).
Waiting for NHS in the backwaters of the Fens, and the old market town of Peterborough to catch up.
Or, maybe the money has all been spent in reorganisations and re- re- re- organisations? And the staff? Playing musical chairs?

A start could be made by following the Edinburgh example, open access clinic-cum-gymnasium for the over 80s, then lower the entry age to 70, then 65?

Perhaps Age UK could help? Or, a major business located in Peterborough? A generation ago (1980s) Marks and Spencer gave us some money for a study on hearing loss in the elderly (Anand JK, Court I, BMJ, 1989, 1429-30).

Yours in hope.

Competing interests: Dottery old man

25 May 2016
JK Anand
Retired doctor
Free spirit