In the News

The BOA represents the profession both through the media and with key stakeholders to influence policy and highlight the issues that that are important for trauma and orthopaedics, such as delays to orthopaedic surgery and its effects on patients and trainees. Below are a few examples of where we have been quoted in the press. 

We have also responded to a number of consultations during the last year, which we hope will go some way to making an impact on policy changes. You can view these on our Policy and Position Statements page.

5 December 2020
The BBC published an article on leg lengthening and quoted Professor Hamish Simpson of the BOA on the potential hazards.

23 November 2020
The Daily Mail published an article on patients undergoing operations without general anaesthetic and quoted BOA's statement on the number of patients waiting for trauma and orthopaedic surgery over 18 weeks.

17 November 2020
The Times published an article on the delays for joint replacement and cataract surgery and quoted the BOA’s statement that it is more expensive in the long run to delay these much needed elective surgeries.

21 October 2020
The Independent published an article on the cancellation of elective surgery in the wake of a second COVID-19 wave impacting on the NHS. The BOA was quoted as saying that the NHS must continue elective operations for as long as possible.

9 October 2020
BBC Radio Manchester interviewed Professor Phil Turner, past President of the BOA, on the NHS waiting times data and the impact delays are having on the quality of life of patients.

September 2020
Arthritis & You campaign published a supplement in the Guardian Newspaper, featuring an article by Bob Handley, BOA President, on what you can do while waiting for joint replacement surgery

29 August 2020
The Daily Telegraph published an article on how the NHS shutdown has lead to nearly 300,000 people waiting for orthopaedic operations. The article quoted Professor Phil Turner on the devastating impact the delays are having on patients.

14 July 2020
Open Democracy published an article on the need for self-isolation prior to hospital treatment and highlighted the BOA wrote to NHS England over the eligibility for people who are self-isolating to receive Statutory Sick Pay.

28 June 2020
The Daily Mail published an article based on an interview with Professor Philip Turner, past President of the BOA, on the NHS reprioritising patients waiting for orthopaedic surgery.

The interview was also covered in the Daily Telegraph.

11 June 2020
The i news published an article on the NHS waiting lists and included a joint statement from the BOA and Versus Arthritis on the impact pausing elective surgery to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic has caused.

11 May 2020
Healio website interviewed Don McBride, BOA President, on patient handling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

12 October 2019
The Daily Telegraph
published an article on new league tables comparing hip operations on 430 hospitals across the UK. 

4 October 2019
The Health Service Journal
published a report on outlier trusts for orthopaedic surgery. 

27 June 2019
The Times (supplement)
published an article on the rising incidence of hip and knee replacements.

15 February 2019
BBC News reported that most hip and knee replacements ‘last longer than thought’.

6 January 2019
i news
carries statements from the RCS and BOA correcting misunderstandings on linking NHS obesity figures and joint replacement surgery.

8 November 2018
The BOA was part of a group of health bodies that wrote a letter to health secretary Matt Hancock asking the government to make it a priority to reduce waiting times for elective surgery.  The letter was reported in the BMJ, Onmedica and Public Finance.

13 August 2018
The Daily Mail reported that patients are turning to private surgery for hip and eye surgery.

27 July 2018
The Daily Telegraph and Health Service Journal reported on an investigation which showed Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Sussex have proposed that patients endure ‘intense and persistent’ pain before being recommended for surgery.

18 July 2018
The BMJ, the Daily Mailthe Daily Telegraph and the Independent report that nearly 1700 requests for knee and hip surgery were rejected in England and Wales last year.

February 13 2018
The Times
reported that elderly people are waiting longer for hip fracture operations.

January 17 2018
The Scottish Times reported that delays of six months for hip surgery were now commonplace.