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MPs urge better continence care

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A debate in the House of Commons has called for greater investment in continence services.

The adjournment debate last week, started by Graham Allen, Labour MP for Nottingham North, said continence was being badly managed because NHS managers were more concerned about hitting targets such as waiting times reduction.

‘It seems that managers’ main concern is the cost of the pad budget. Yet investment in the continence service would allow for good assessment and appropriate treatment that could not only improve a client’s quality of life, but massively improve the cost of continence provision,’ said Mr Allen.

Junior health minister Ivan Lewis admitted the system was not working in the way it should in many parts of the country. ‘Too many patients and family members describe a system that is neither sensitive nor effective,’ he said.

* To support NT’s campaign calling for the government to rethink its plans to cut funding for specialist continence and stoma products, visit www.nursingtimes.net.

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