§ Mr. Latham
To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he will make a statement on the guidance which he gives to regional health authorities regarding the supply of incontinence pads to elderly people in privately run residential homes.
§ Mr. Dorrell
Departmental guidance to health authorities on the supply of incontinence pads is contained in HRC(74)16. On 18 February 1991 the NHS management executive wrote to health authorities (EL(91)28), advising that existing incontinence provision should be directed to securing the best practice commended in HN(88)26. Where a change in the supply of incontinence aids is proposed, health authorities should first ensure that an alternative is in place. Copies of these letters are available in the Library. Officials will shortly be beginning a Departmental review of incontinence services.