Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 20th September 2022.

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Photo of Anneliese Dodds Anneliese Dodds Party Chair, Labour Party, Chair of Labour Policy Review, Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to monitor the provision of free incontinence products across Integrated Care Boards; and what assessment he has made of the impact of the availability of those products on disabled people’s mobility and quality of life.

Photo of Dr Caroline Johnson Dr Caroline Johnson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

No specific assessment has been made. However, general practitioners and incontinence clinics are expected to offer free incontinence products to all eligible patients following an assessment and diagnosis of incontinence issues. While there is no statutory requirement for the provision of pads for incontinence, all clinicians and integrated care boards are expected to follow the best practice in provision of incontinence products.

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