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Incontinence: Medical Equipment

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what his Department’s policy is on provision of aids and appliances for stoma patients; and if he will make a statement; (202693)

(2) what representations he has received from patient groups in response to the consultation about provision of aids and appliances for stoma patients;

(3) what the timetable is for his Department’s consultation on provision of aids and appliances for stoma patients.

The general policy on appliances is that patients should receive cost-effective treatment to meet their clinical needs as established by appropriate national health service healthcare professionals.

Since the review of the arrangements under Part IX of the Drug Tariff for the provision of stoma and incontinence appliances and related services began in October 2005, the following representations have been received from patient groups.


Ministerial meetings


Letters to Ministers


Meetings with officials



These figures do not include the numerous letters received directly from patients and their Members of Parliament.

The review is ongoing. A further consultation will be published in May 2008, together with an Impact Assessment and Equality Impact Assessment, and will be open for 12 weeks.