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In the UK, two out of five hospital trusts and boards of health do not provide hygienic products to patients who need them, or only in case of emergency, revealed a BMA survey.

The doctors' union says that towels and tampons are a basic need and should be made available free of charge to hospital patients.

But in some trusts, razors and shaving cream were distributed free of charge, unlike health products.

The BMA wrote to the NHS England to ask him to take action.

The BMA surveyed a total of 223 trust and health boards in the UK on the policy of supplying health products.

Of the 187 who responded, 104 responded that they had provided them.

But 25 said they did not provide them at all and 54 replied that yes, but only in case of urgency or in small quantities.

None of the trusts and health boards that responded to the survey said they had a policy regarding the date of distribution of health products.

And with 27 trusts, there was nowhere to buy sanitary products on the site.

The BMA survey is part of a broader campaign to end the period of poverty, aimed at making hygiene items more affordable.

Eleanor Wilson, a member of the BMA's Medical Students Committee, said: "When patients are taken care of by the NHS, we need to make sure we make them feel welcome and best treated.

"By not providing them with something so essential to their health and well-being, it has a huge impact on their self-esteem, and we are effectively taking away that dignity.

"While some hospitals have good benefits, in others, patients have to deal with embarrassment and hope their loved ones can bring them in."

"For some, this is not an option and this can often become more difficult for pediatric young people and adolescents."

She added that hygienic products should be part of a basic package including toilet paper, food, razors and shaving foam, made available to patients when they enter the hospital. # 39; s hospital.

Fight against poverty of the period

The BMA also claims that the impact on the well-being of a patient far outweighs the relatively low cost for the NHS.

Professor Dame Parveen Kumar, Chair of the BMA Scientific Council, said hospitals should provide clear information on how patients can access hygiene products during their stay in the hospital.

"Hospitals have the opportunity to lead the way in the fight against poverty of the time and should be a shining example of the progress that can be made on this important problem."