Highlands and Islands Regional MSP Rhoda Grant
Highlands and Islands Regional MSP Rhoda Grant is asking NHS Boards to firm up policy on provision of free sanitary products for patients.
Mrs Grant has written to the NHS Boards in the Highlands, Islands and Moray (Grampian NHS) asking them to seriously consider putting in place a formal policy for the provision of free sanitary products for patients requiring same.
The MSP said: “Following the FOI [Freedom of Information] submitted by my colleague Monica Lennon MSP, to 14 Scottish Regional Health Boards asking about individual policies regarding the provision on sanitary products to female patients, it transpires that no Scottish Health Board has a specific policy on this matter.
“NHS Orkney, NHS Shetland and NHS Western Isles provide these products free when required, however they have no written policy on the issue.
“NHS Highland advise that staff will attempt to source these products for female patients, whilst NHS Grampian have no policy and will provide an alternative until the patient can source their own.”
Mrs Grant continued: “To expect female patients in the 21st century to rely on nurses or friends and relatives to bring in such products is akin to something we would read about from the last century.
“At least three of our NHS Boards in the Highlands and Islands do provide these products free, but they have no formal policy.”
She added: “I have written to NHS Highland, Orkney, Shetland, Western Isles and Grampian to ask them to seriously consider putting in place a formal policy for the provision of free sanitary products for patients requiring same.”