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Incontinence: Home Care Services

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has to carry out a review of the impact on elderly people of changes to the home delivery service of incontinence products; (156216)

(2) how many health authorities provide an integrated incontinence service;

(3) what powers are available to the Government to oblige health bodies to comply with the guidelines contained in Good Practice in Continence Services; and whether sanctions are available for non-compliance;

(4) whether the Government plans to carry out research to ascertain how many people suffer from incontinence, broken down by (a) the age and sex of those affected and (b) the form of incontinence.

We have no plans to carry out research into the number of people living with incontinence.

Information on the number of strategic health authorities (SHAs) proving an integrated continence service is not collected centrally.

We currently have no plans to review the impact on older people of the changes to the home delivery service of continence products.

Health bodies are expected to have regard for the guidance contained in the document “Good Practice in Continence Services”. SHAs have a duty to ensure that primary care trusts provide acceptable continence services. The Healthcare Commission may intervene where health bodies fail to provide an adequate level of service.