County council praised for arthritis support

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HAMPSHIRE County Council has been singled out for praise for health assessments of people with bone and joint conditions.

A report by the charity Arthritis Research UK shows that one in four of local authorities in England failed to mention arthritis in assessments.

A further 62 per cent missed back pain needs of the communities which they serve.

But Dr Liam O’Toole, chief executive at Arthritis Research UK, commended Hampshire County Council in ;their thorough assessment of their local communities health needs.’

Hampshire’s prevalence of osteoarthritis of the knee varies from 16 per cent of those over 45 in Hart to 19.8 per cent living in Gosport and affects nearly 125,000 people across the county.