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Update - Survey reveals cuts to continence service budgets

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VOL: 102, ISSUE: 42, PAGE NO: 40

Continence services are being cut along with budgets for continence products according to a survey conducted by the Continence Foundation. The news comes just weeks before the publication of NICE guidelines for women with urinary incontinence.

Continence services are being cut along with budgets for continence products according to a survey conducted by the Continence Foundation. The news comes just weeks before the publication of NICE guidelines for women with urinary incontinence.

The survey of 76 continence services in England revealed that nine posts have been cut in AfC bands 5-8 and some services have seen posts frozen.

Nine services reported cuts in their budgets for continence products ranging from 1.5% to 10%, two had their budgets frozen while two others were expected to reduce costs with a new contract. The Continence Foundation pointed out that during the 1990s every postcode in England was covered by a specialist continence service but these services are being eroded. For further details see www.continence-foundation.org.uk.

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