According to a recent Prostate Cancer UK (PCUK) survey, 95 per cent of men with continence issues experience anxiety because they might not be able to dispose of their incontinence pads or stoma products hygienically in an appropriate sanitary bin in a cubicle, when they go out. Worryingly too, around half of these men stated that they now reduce the amount of time they spend out of the house due to incontinence.
We believe the NHS and social care workforce needs to be properly resourced and supported to provide quality, personalised and equitable care. That's why we've proudly joined more than 80 other organisations in putting our name to a joint statement issued by National Voices – the leading coalition of health and social care charities in England – calling on the government to act.
As many of our members know, stoma care can vary widely depending on where you live. So, in a bid to address this postcode lottery and help ‘level up’ provision, we recently joined forces with fellow charities the Ileostomy and Internal Pouch Association and Colostomy UK at a Parliamentary reception to lobby MPs and Peers about this.