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Deaf Persons (Telephone Exchange)

Volume 127: debated on Friday 19 February 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if he is yet in a position to make a statement on the future of the Royal National Institute for the Dears telephone exchange for the deaf.

NHS Hospitals having radiotherapy equipment
Health Authority and HospitalNew patients attending the radiotherapy department
In patientsOut-patients
198419851986198419851986
Northern Regional Health Authority
East Cumbria, Cumberland Infirmary56151241131241295
Newcastle, Royal Victoria Infirmary8108512359367
Newcastle, Newcastle General Hospital8436536282,0322,0932,206
South Tees, South Cleveland Hospital1,0801,0261,1981,6971,8491,670
Yorkshire Regional Health Authority
Hull, Princess Royal Hospital370355307821910971
Leeds West, Cookridge Hospital2,0881,8201,7542,8773,3803,043
Trent Regional Health Authority
Leicestershire, The Leicester Royal Infirmary2713623775848981,083
North Lincolnshire, St. Georges Hospital646690663689775758
Nottingham, Nottingham General Hospital1,3317136061,7801,1491,433
Sheffield, Weston Park Hospital1,1841,1641,2261,5791,7751,824
Southern Derbyshire, Derbyshire Royal Infirmary245233223708693524
East Anglian Regional Health Authority
Cambridge, Addenbrookes Hospital6326565492,3242,2802,213
East Suffolk, Ipswich Hospital, Anglesea Road Wing205167169854829966
Norwich, Norfolk an Norwich Hospital3673174631,2461,2901,339
Peterborough, Peterborough District Hospital566479226253229
North West Thames Regional Health Authority
Hillingdon, Mount Vernon Hospital9038217432,8522,9712,877
Paddington and North Kensington, St. Marys Hospital13394102196189230
Riverside, Charing Cross Hospital4704014941,6091,5921,477
Riverside, Westminster Hospital4814114581,1961,1701,055
North East Thames Regional Health Authority
Barking, Havering and Brentwood, Old Church Hospital3214053891,3531,4911,708

I am pleased to announce the award of a grant of £28,500 for 1987–88 and £30,500 for 1988–89 to the Royal National Institute for the Deaf to assist with the running costs of its telephone exchange for the deaf (TED).This grant is being given in response to the RNID's request for assistance under the Government's concerned technology programme. Assistance has also been made available by the Department of Trade and Industry, the Manpower Services Commission and British Telecom.We recognise that a vital need of all deaf and heating impaired people is to be able to communicate with hearing people. TED is a worldwide leader in solving this problem for many deaf people. We have decided to make a contribution to its running costs for this limited period so that long-term arrangements for providing this service can be worked out.