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Hearing Aids

Volume 931: debated on Wednesday 4 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will now include as a category eligible to receive National Health Service behind-the-ear aids those who have successfully had a decision on hearing impairment given in their favour after a common law action.

Consultant otologists have discretion to issue behind-the-ear aids to a patient who is not in any of the existing priority categories but who has particular clicinal, social or other needs justifying preferential treatment. I feel I must continue to leave discretion to the consultants; but if my hon. Friend has any particular case he would like me to look into I shall be glad to do so.