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.


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 Mail, the 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.