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Incontinence

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to publish guidance on continence services as part of the planned high-level report on developing services for older people with complex needs. (156217)

The key messages for developing services for older people with complex needs were outlined in the National Clinical Director for Older People’s reconfiguration report “A Recipe for Care” published in January of this year. There are no plans to issue further guidance on continence services but the National Clinical Director continues to advise Ministers on developing services for older people with complex needs and will continue to publish evidence-based information to support service development.

The management of continence is a key issue for the care of older people, as highlighted in Standard 2 of the National Service Framework for Older People and is one of the conditions for which early intervention is recommended, as outlined in “A Recipe for Care”.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the results of the second survey of continence care for older people undertaken by the Royal College of Physicians. (156219)

We have made no assessment of the results of the second survey of continence care undertaken by the Royal College of Physicians.