The Department of Health’s consultation on Part IX of the drug tariff has been extended to 28 December. This section of the tariff covers the prices of continence and stoma appliances in primary care.
Continence advisers have voiced concerns that vulnerable patient groups could be put at risk if funding is cut for specialist equipment including urinary catheters.
Last month, Nursing Times reported on warnings made by specialist nurses that companies which manufacture specialist catheter equipment might pull out of the market, forcing nurses to take a ‘one size fits all’ approach (NT News, 23 October, p3).
This is the third consultation on the prices of continence and stoma appliances since 2005.