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Medical Equipment: Safety

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what safeguards are planned under the transforming equipment programme to ensure that old and used equipment will remain subject to safety controls if re-sold; (207443)

(2) what estimate he has made of the effect on costs of ending the community equipment recycling scheme and regional equipment loan stores.

Within the retail model, equipment is segmented into two groups, simple aids to daily living and complex aids to daily living. Simple equipment would be provided through retailers, owned by users, and would be subject to the same consumer protection laws that support all consumers in the purchase of goods. More complex equipment would be delivered through a purchased (contracted) commissioned service, as it is today, and therefore future safeguards and controls will be consistent with current standards.

Currently, there are no regional equipment loan stores but equipment is provided through over 138 individual stores operating across England. The model continues to support the refurbishment and reuse of equipment where it is economically advantageous.