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Users of catheters and other urology products have no need to fear for supplies of their medical devices as a result of Brexit, an Isle of Wight councillor has told Members of Parliament and patient representatives.

Speaking at a major Brexit Briefing event in the Palace of Westminster on Monday (28th January), Councillor Chris Whitehouse (Conservative, Newport West Ward) told the audience:

“There is no need for continence patients to fear Brexit. The medical devices used by patients with urinary incontinence are compliant with both European Union regulations and United Kingdom regulations. That will continue to be the case after Brexit. Nobody, especially the British Government and customs authorities, will be raising barriers to the import of such products after Brexit, and nor will any tariffs be imposed.

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“The Government has made that absolutely clear, so there is no reason to panic or for patients to stockpile supplies.”

Chris is Chair of the Urology Trades Association which represents the suppliers of 95% of catheters used by NHS patients in the United Kingdom.

The councillor went on to stress the importance of patient choice, saying:

“Lets be clear, when the NHS is dealing with patients with a life-changing condition such as incontinence, which impacts massively on quality of life, it is not acceptable say that one size fits all and that the cheapest product should be supplied. What matters is what works best for each and every individual patient, and that’s what the Urology Trades Association campaigns for on behalf of patients, of whom there are, for example, several thousand on the Isle of Wight where I live. My Association members are also making prudent plans to ensure continuity of supply whatever kind of Brexit we have in the end.”

The Brexit Briefing was sponsored by Labour MP, Rosie Cooper, who is Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Continence Care, and was also addressed by former Health Minister and Conservative MP, Phillip Dunne. Mr Dunne described the Urology Trade Association as ‘one of the most effective bodies at engaging with Parliamentarians’.

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