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Continence care is going down the pan as costs are cut and prices rise


In these days of fiscal difficulties is it so unreasonable to ask people NOT to expect an endless, free supply of continence products? After all, many of those receiving such products already receive DLA or Attendance Allowance - allowances from the public purse which are intended to pay for care which is not supplied by health and social care providers. So, in effect, by providing free continence aids, the taxpayer is, in many cases paying twice. I am all for sufferers being referred to specialist services and only those with a true, intractable continence problem being provided with aids (pads) when other avenues of treatment have been tried and failed. Healthcare (including continence care) will ALWAYS be rationed. I know I would far rather there were enough nurses to care for me either at home or in hospital than my mum or granny getting free pads ad infinitum when a pack of pads with the shopping from Tesco is not going to break the bank. Of course I realise that this is a fairly radical view but given the choice, what would be your preferred option? Pads or money in the budget for more nurses, new drugs etc

Posted date

22 June, 2010

Posted time

8:07 pm


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