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FOI – 000078 definition of Accessories with regards stoma expenditure on prescription accessories (HTML)

Published on 13 April 2022

Date received - 05 Apr 2022 | Date responded - 13 Apr 2022

Request

Could I please make the following FOI.

  1. Clearly define what is included as a definition of "Accessories" with regards stoma expenditure on prescription accessories.

I should clearly highlight that PHS has previously provided a very clear oversight of Stoma Appliance Expenditure for each of the years since 2011/12. They also kindly split that into the 20 sub sections which make up that spend (ie Colostomy bags, support belts etc). Interestingly in the paper "National Stoma Quality Improvement Short Life Working Group" p13 they reference the ISD (Now PHS or NSS) having given them figures for annual Stoma Accessory spend. The paper states that the Scottish Executive Nurse Director group received a paper highlighting these spend figures. Unfortunately, in the paper it fails to reference this document and is certainly not included in their table of references. This information may aid your search.

All Scottish public authorities should perform within the spirit of the legislation, in that they must always consider the obligations placed on them by FOISA to consider Section 15 of FOISA "Duty to provide advice and assistance" at all times to a person who proposes to make, or has made, a request for information." I would hope that you should perform within the spirit of the legislation.

Response

Accessories were referred to in the below published report within section 1.19 as "non-bag accessories" and this term has been widely used across many trusts across the UK too. Accessories are therefore described as "non-bag products" and this definition has continued to be used as a definition of this type of spend."

Stoma Appliance Service in the Community: Stoma Care Quality and Cost Effectiveness Review 2015 - gov.scot

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