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Deaf Children

Volume 171: debated on Tuesday 1 May 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what powers local health authorities have to require parents of deaf children to take out insurance on commercial hearing aids loaned to them under the National Health Service; and if he will make a statement.

Health authorities have no power to require any patient to insure a hearing aid, whether this be a commercial model or a model from the NHS standard range.