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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-13652: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 4 January 2018

To ask the Scottish Government for what reason the policy for sacral nerve stimulation procedures for treatment of urinary incontinence is based on funding for a fixed number of procedures per year for all Scotland.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 22 January 2018

When the service was designated in 2010, literature at the time suggested a 1 in 3 conversion rate of testing to permanent implant, which was approximately 15 permanent implants per year. The funding for the service was based around this information at the time.

Whilst the numbers that have gone on to permanent implant have exceeded the 1 in 3 conversion rate, the costs of the service have always been meet within the funding for National Specialist Services.