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Hearing Aids

Volume 488: debated on Friday 27 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS hearing aids have been fitted by private sector contractors in each of the last three calendar years; and what guidance his Department provides to primary care trusts on competition for adult hearing aid service contracts. (259565)

Information on the number of national health service hearing aids fitted by independent sector contractors across the English NHS is not collected centrally.

The Department has not issued any specific guidance to primary care trusts (PCTs) on competition specifically for adult hearing aid service contracts. However, the Department published a ‘PCT Procurement Guide for Health Services’ in May 2008. The guide supports NHS commissioners in deciding whether and how to procure health services through formal tendering and market-testing exercises. A copy of the guide has been placed in the Library.