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Prosthetics: Ex-servicemen

Volume 470: debated on Monday 7 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what provision is made for the continuing care of armed forces veterans with C-leg limb prostheses; (175344)

(2) what assessment he has made of the consistency of ongoing limb prosthetic services available to veterans on the NHS.

No assessment of ongoing prosthetic services has been carried out centrally. It is for primary care trusts in partnership with local stakeholders to assess the needs of their local population and to commission services accordingly. This process provides the means for addressing local needs within the health community including the provision of prosthetic services for veterans.

Continuing national health service health care is provided over an extended period of time to meet physical or mental health needs that have arisen as a result of disability, an accident or illness. It is available to anyone who has been assessed as having a high level of need for ongoing health care.