asked the Minister Health whether he is aware that Mrs. Dyke, 31, Manor Way, Chingford, E.4, aged 83 years, has been certified by a doctor as in need of a hearing aid since October, 1949, but has not yet obtained it through the National Health Service; and whether, in view of the long delay in supplying these aids, he will serve the interests of aged patients by instructing doctors in such cases to advise that the aid be purchased privately.
I understand that this patient was tested in June and has no special claim to priority. The answer to the second part of the Question is. "No."
asked the Minister of Health whether, in cases where the Medresco type of electrical hearing aid is of no avail, he will on a medical recommendation consider the supply of an alternative type.
The existing types of Medresco aid are suitable for the very great majority of patients and new types are being developed which it is hoped will meet the needs of the user.