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Wheelchairs: Children

Volume 461: debated on Friday 15 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what specialist wheelchairs funded by the NHS are available for disabled children; whether equipment maintenance is provided; and if she will make a statement. (143145)

Each primary care trust (PCT) sets its own eligibility criteria, which will take into account individual need and local resources. Based on assessment of need and local eligibility criteria, PCTs decide what specialist wheelchairs should be made available for disabled children. All national health service wheelchair services are funded out of general allocation funding to PCTs. Maintenance of wheelchairs is also determined at local level.

NHS wheelchairs including specialist wheelchairs for children are supplied and maintained free of charge to disabled people whose need for a wheelchair is permanent. Indoor/outdoor electric chairs can be provided to disabled people who cannot propel a manual chair. Attendant controlled power chairs are also available if needed.