Incontinence: Medical Equipment

Health written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Labour, Stroud

To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to his Department's June 2008 consultation on the proposed new arrangements for the provision of stoma and urology services and related services in primary care, what is meant by the statement that a supplier of continence care products derives particular advantages from ownership of a dispensing appliance contractor; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Dawn Primarolo Dawn Primarolo Minister of State (Department of Health) (Public Health)

Dispensing appliance contractors, who dispense items that they manufacture, stand to benefit from the fact that in most cases a wholesaler will not be part of their supply chain. Hence, they are able to retain a greater proportion of the reimbursement they receive for items dispensed.

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