HC Deb 01 March 1951 vol 484 c314W
81. Mr. Awbery

asked the Minister of Health how many centres are there in the South-West Region for the distribution of hearing aids; what is the longest distances patients have to travel for examination; if they pay their own travelling expenses; and if he will take steps to increase the numbers of distributing centres in order to remove the inconvenience caused.

Mr. Blenkinsop

There are distribution centres at Bristol and Plymouth but examination of patients is done at 10 hospitals from Truro to Cheltenham. Patients pay their own travelling expenses but can be helped by the National Assistance Board where necessary. It is hoped to open an additional centre shortly at Exeter.

96. Mr. Awbery

asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that applicants for hearing aids in the South-West Region have to wait for over two years after being certified in need of one; and what steps is he taking to speed up deliveries in this area.

Mr. Blenkinsop

Yes. My right hon. Friend is at present reviewing the allocation of hearing aids between the different distribution centres in order to improve the position in areas like this.