Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has pressed the Scottish Government to respond to his call for a national falls strategy after a new survey published today revealed that nearly a quarter of over-65s don't do any strength exercises.
The Chartered Society of Physiotherapist research found that there is little awareness of how strengthening exercises can prevent falls and injuries, ultimately leading to a better quality of life and fewer older patients in hospital.
Mr Cole-Hamilton, during the Patient Safety Debate in March, was successful in passing his amendment calling for a new nationwide strategy on reducing the number of falls.
Mr Cole-Hamilton said:
“At a meeting I chaired for the old person’s forum at the Scottish Parliament, I was shocked to discover that fear of falls was their number one concern, even ahead of crime, loneliness and cost of living. Following this meeting, Parliament backed my demand for the Scottish Government to bring forward a strategy to tackle falls. Despite this it has been nearly 7 months and, yet again, there’s inaction from the SNP Government.
“With a well thought out strategy, we could see fewer older people falling and injuring themselves in the first place, fewer in hospital and people spending longer living independently in their own homes. All of these will ease the strain on our already struggling NHS.
“Silence in this case is not golden. The Scottish Government needs to adhere to the vote earlier this year and set out clearly when we will see the strategy established and what it will entail.”