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Volume 488: debated on Friday 27 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many wheelchair services are meeting the 18 week pathway for provision of their services; and what funding his Department has provided to primary care trusts to deliver such services in the last 12 months. (259624)

Funding for all national health service wheelchair services comes out of general allocation funding to primary care trusts (PCTs). This funding is not ring-fenced and it is for each PCT to assess local need and allocate funds accordingly.

Wheelchairs are classified as medical devices and are covered by the 18 weeks referral to treatment commitment where the need for the specialised wheelchair is identified as the first definitive treatment on an 18 weeks referral to treatment consultant-led pathway.

The Department does not collect data separately on the provision of wheelchair services on 18 weeks referral to treatment pathways.

NHS spend on wheelchair services in 2006-07, which is the latest year figures are available for, was £125.8 million.