§ 24. Mr. Peter Freeman
asked the Minister of Health how many deaf aids and surgical appliances, dental treatment and pairs of spectacles and any other specialised service of which he has a record have been supplied since the National Health Service came into operation.
§ Mr. Freeman
Has the right hon. Gentleman any comparative figures of previous periods dealing with this same subject, and if so, will be publish them at the same time?
§ Following is the information:
§ Number of items provided in England and Wales since 5th July, 1948.
§ Hearing aids (electrical and non-electrical)—27,000.
§ Surgical and medical appliances (hospital service)—164,000 (see note (a)).
§ Dental treatments (in general service)—6,800,000 (see note (b)).
§ Glasses (supplementary ophthalmic service)—4,500,000 (see note (c)).
- (a) Figures for appliances supplied through the general medical service are not available.
- (b) This includes all forms of treatment, and is not limited to dentures. Figures for dental treatment at hospital are not available.
- (c) Figures for glasses supplied through the hospital eye service are not available.