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The BOA is the General Medical Council recognised specialty association for trauma and orthopaedic surgery. The organisation celebrated its 100 year anniversary in 2018 and currently has over 5,000 members. The BOA's principal objectives are excellence in trauma and orthopaedic surgical practice, training, education and research.
Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery is a highly cost effective form of treatment which aims to restore pain free mobility for patients. By restoring mobility, Trauma and Orthopaedic surgery can not only help people stay active for longer, but deliver major economic savings; enabling people to return to work, or live more independently.
Given the growing musculoskeletal disease burden, and the transformative impact surgery can have for the right patients, the BOA believes surgeons, commissioners and colleagues across the NHS should work together to increase surgical capacity.
According to a 2018 survey of our members, the three biggest issues currently facing trauma and orthopaedics are:
- rationing, funding and CCGs putting barriers on access to surgery,
- capacity and resources in the NHS,
- barriers to training.