Free sanitary products to be offered to patients in NHS Wales

Free sanitary products to be offered to patients in NHS Wales

I am very happy to be able to welcome a Welsh Labour Government announcement that free sanitary products will be available to all women in Welsh hospitals.

This announcement will ensure that everyone in Wales is able to access essential period products. The Welsh Government has already committed more than £1m to tackle period poverty in our schools and communities. Currently the provision of sanitary products for hospital inpatients varies across Wales as each health board has their own policy.

Patients should expect to receive the best possible care in comfort and dignity and it is excellent news that this policy will be implemented as soon as possible. It is clearly unacceptable for anyone not to be able to access essential period products because they can’t afford them, particularly when they are receiving treatment in hospital. I hope that Wales can one day completely eliminate period poverty and can continue to find innovative solutions to gender inequality issues.