The UTA, with the help of the Spinal Injuries Association, held a Parliamentary Reception on 4th March 2020, with the theme of ‘promoting patient and clinical choice in urology products’.

We welcomed MPs, Peers, clinicians, industry leaders and patients to discuss key issues for the sector and to bring those who manufacture medical devices together with those who use them.

Chris Whitehouse, Chair of the Urology Trade Association and Chairman of the Whitehouse Consultancy, spoke about how the UTA was set up to defend clinical and patient choice, as well as promote and protect the drug tariff. He also discussed the importance of not compromising patient safety when it comes to saving costs for the NHS.

Dave Bracher, Campaign Manager at the Spinal Injuries Association, spoke about his own experiences of being spinal cord injured and the impact this has had on his life. He said that there should not be a ‘one size fits all’ approach for catheters, and he said that spinal cord injured people need to be able to access a full range of products in order to make an informed choice.

Photos from the event, as well as the full list of delegates, is available here.