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Mother blasts health trust over incontinence pads

Posted Mar 07 2011 7:31am

A Northern Ireland (NI) mother has accused a health trust in the country of leaving her daughter who suffers from Aicardi syndrome without incontinence pads for three months, it has been reported.

The Belfast Health Trust was criticised by Linda Spence for failing to provide the vital incontinence products for 19-year-old Natasha, who is one of only three females in NI with the condition, reports the Belfast Telegraph.

According to the publication, the mother from east Belfast claimed that the trust used “different excuses” to ignore her when she tried to obtain the special sanitary products.

“It’s not like I can get these from Tescos, they are specially designed to suit those who have needs like Natasha and have to come all the way from Sweden,” Ms Spence told the newspaper.

A representative of the trust, which is said to have delayed placing an order for the pads, apologised “for any distress that may have been caused” and stated the issue was being resolved with the family.

More than 50 million people in the developed world suffer from incontinence , according to the NHS

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