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Tariff changes cost NHS millions

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Proposed changes to funding for fitting continence appliances could cost the NHS £3.2m a year, a patient group has claimed.

The Continence Foundation said plans to alter Part IX of the drugs tariff, covering the supply and fitting of specialist stoma and continence appliances, will add to demands on nurse-led continence services. It says plans to limit visits of specialist nurses employed by suppliers will cost £17,336 per 275,000 people in extra visits from NHS continence nurses – bringing the total for England to £3.2m.
Judith Wardle, policy director for the foundation, said: ‘Nurses are very worried about this.’

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