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Incontinence

Volume 457: debated on Wednesday 7 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what expert advice was taken by her Department prior to its classification of incontinence products in the consultation document on Arrangements for the remuneration of services relating to appliances under Part IX of the Drug Tariff. (121266)

The classification of incontinence products was not included in the consultation paper related to arrangements for the remuneration of services relating to appliances within Part IX of the Drug Tariff but in a companion paper: arrangements for the reimbursement pricing of stoma and incontinence appliances under Part IX of the Drug Tariff.

To address the challenge of classifying some 5,800 items, advice was taken from four independent experts. The experts were selected based on their experience and breadth of knowledge and each is currently practising. Furthermore, to ensure objectivity, the Department selected individuals who are not sponsored by a manufacturer. However, each has contacts within industry and knowledge of the latest products being introduced to the market.