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Heart Stimulators

Volume 21: debated on Wednesday 7 April 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will take steps to make batteries for heart stimulators available on prescription.

No. The batteries form an integral part of a cardiac pacemaker and usually last about six to seven years. If a pacemaker should fail for whatever reason it would be removed and replaced, complete with batteries, free of charge to the patient.