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Continence sufferers paying for products they 'could get for free'

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Many people suffering from continence are either paying for products at over inflated prices or paying for a product they would be eligible to obtain for free, say a top continence awareness service.

June Rogers MBE, Team Director of PromoCon, who work as part of Disabled Living to improve the life for all people with bladder or bowel problems by offering product information, advice and practical solutions, raised the issue directly on the organisation’s website.

In her blog, Rogers said that “many distribution companies supplying continence products and related pieces of equipment are not disclosing the fact that many of the products they advertise for sale are in fact available on FP10 - with many adding large mark-ups.

“A quick search identified a male urinal whose NHS list price was £13.46 yet whose selling price to the general public ranged from £20.00 to £45.75 depending on where it was bought from.

“I think it is important that while having a duty of care to our patients we also have a duty to ensure that their vulnerable situation is not exploited! PromoCon would be very happy to help source the best price availability of any continence product. Please contact us on 0161 607 8219.”

The Disabled Living Centre, Manchester is the home of the National Permanent Display of continence products. The display is open Monday-Friday 9.00am - 4.00pm. For booking information or to obtain information about the latest continence products recommended by PromoCon, visit their website.

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