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Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what treatments for incontinence are available on the NHS; (113490)

(2) what assessment she has made of the number of incontinent patients in each primary care trust for each of the last five years.

Treatments ranging, for example, from pelvic floor exercises up to and including surgical interventions such as colposuspension for urinary incontinence are available on the national health service.

We have no estimate of the number of people who have experienced problems with continence or what proportion of those seek professional advice. The Continence Foundation has estimated that one person in three experiences a problem at some point in their life.