HC Deb 21 March 1950 vol 472 cc1733-4
5. Mr. Niall Macpherson

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the current delay in supplying hearing aids from the time of notification of the need for them in any particular case to the time when they are supplied.

Miss Herbison

The waiting time for persons now receiving hearing aids has varied from four months in Aberdeen to 16 months in Glasgow. The limiting factor is not now manufacturing capacity, but staffing and accommodation at the hospital clinics. Steps have already been taken to improve the position in Glasgow, but my right hon. Friend has asked the regional board to give it their further attention.

Mr. Macpherson

Is the hon. Lady aware that delays of up to 18 months have been experienced in my constituency? Can she say what is the position there and what improvements are being made?

Miss Herbison

If the hon. Member will put down a Question to that effect I will certainly give him an answer.