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Richard Fuller, MP for Bedford, joined Jacq Emkes, a teacher from Bedford, at the House of Commons last week to celebrate her success at the National Continence Care Awards where she was presented with the Continence Patient Champion award.
The NHS estimates that over 14 million adults in the UK suffer with bladder control problems and 6.5 million with bowel control problems, many of whom will suffer in silence. Jacq received the award in recognition of her efforts to campaign for better continence care for patients.
Incontinence is still a taboo subject, with almost half (45 per cent) of people with the condition waiting at least five years before they get help, and can have a devastating impact on an individual’s quality of life, leading to avoidable complications, such as infections, pressures sores and falls and is second only to dementia as a reason for admission to residential care.
Speaking at the awards, Richard said: “I am delighted to present Jacq with the award and to thank her for all her work in raising awareness about the impact of the condition in order to improve the lives of those living with incontinence in Bedford and beyond.”