Radical overhaul of continence services announced in report

Posted on December 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Care homes throughout Britain are specifically covered in plans to radically overhaul continence services. The major changes will be unveiled in new government guidelines being published in February – almost a year behind schedule. Health minister John Hutton is now finalising the proposals drawn-up by a 21-strong working party set up in 1998. The team, headed by Dr Paul Abrams of Bristol Urological Institute, completed its work last summer, but its report has been substantially redrafted over the last few months. For care homes – whether in the private, public or voluntary sectors – the report will set down three clear objectives. The first will insist on all homes providing a systematic approach to managing continence problems. Second will be a requirement that all data are no more than 12 months old. Third will be a call for all homes to meet operating standards of care. However the controversy which first focused political and public attention on to the continence service – whether homes are provided with

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