Calling for action on continence care in Parliament

22/04/2024

The Urology Foundation team in Parliament

On Monday 22 April 2024, The Urology Foundation and the Urology Trade Association held a parliamentary reception to brief parliamentarians and call on them to prioritise continence care and take action for the benefit of patients and their families.

We were delighted to be joined by a group of 14 MPs and Peers including former Health Secretary Baroness Virginia Bottomley, Steve Brine MP (Chair of the Health and Social Care Committee and former Health Minister), Chi Onwurah MP (Shadow Minister for Science, Research and Innovation), Feryal Clark MP, Nivendu Mishra MP and Steve McCabe MP as well as stakeholders from across the urology space to call on government to take action on continence services and put patients at the heart of care.

It is estimated that 14 million people in the UK have some degree of urinary incontinence (over 21,000 on average in each parliamentary constituency), and every hour, around nine people are diagnosed with a urology cancer. Poor continence care can impact mental and emotional wellbeing, lead to loss of dignity and social isolation alongside increasing the risk of infection and leading to hospital admissions. It is vital that continence services across the UK are well-resourced and that patients have informed choice about their care.

During the event, we heard from a number of speakers who shared their experiences and insights into continence issues. Navendu Mishra MP, relayed the immense challenges one of his constituents faced in accessing continence services, and they ultimately had to wait 31 weeks for an assessment. Our Trustee, Ben Challacombe spoke of his experience as a consultant urological surgeon who has performed over 3000 benign and malignant prostate operations, all potentially affecting continence outcomes. He called for action to be taken to ensure the UK can best meet the needs of people who experience continence issues now, and in the years to come. We also heard from a patient advocate and retired doctor who described his experience with incontinence and highlighted the need for patient choice.

The Urology Foundation is taking action on continence care and we are working to ensure governments take action for the benefit of patients both now and in the future.

 

The Urology Foundation team in Parliament