Archive for February 15, 2001

15 February 2001

Alison Halford (Delyn): Will the Minister consider providing incontinence aids to poor patients in Wales free of charge. (OAQ9680) Jane Hutt: National health service authorities and trusts have discretion to supply incontinence aids to people living at home, in sheltered accommodation or in residential care homes. However, they do not have a statutory duty to do so. Provision depends on the availability of resources and the priority that they are prepared to give to this service. Alison Halford: In the light of recent academic research, is the Minister able to give an assurance that the regrettable closure of public toilets due to increasing costs and vandalism is not closely related to the increase in the incidence of urinary tract infections and associated conditions? Is she aware that women are at higher risk of such infections than men, for reasons I prefer not to discuss in this public forum? Jane Hutt: We are moving now from incontinence aids to public conveniences and I am not sure that I can make that connection. Public conveniences are a local authority responsibility also. It might be helpful to say that we are producing good practice guidance for continence services. I hope that that will …..