HC Deb 17 July 1980 vol 988 c691W
Mr. Alfred Morris

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the cost in a full financial year of the extension of war pension entitlement to amputees who develop cardiovascular disease; and how many war pensioners are affected by the provision.

Mr. Prentice

Separate statistics of those amputation cases in which awards of war pension have been made in respect of cardiovascular disease are not kept. I therefore regret that the information requested is not available.

Discipline 1976 1977 1978 1979
ENT Consultants 309.8 316.0 315.8 317.0
Other ENT grades 437.7 415.8 472.7 468.5
ENT hospital practitioners and other part-time medical officers 51.5 53.6 52.6 54.8
Consultants in Audiological Medicine 0.6 1.5 3.0 6.2
Other grades in Audiological Medicine. 2.3 4.0
Hospital practitioners and other part-time medical officers in Audiological Medicine 0.1 0.5 0.9
Physiolological Measurement Technicians (Audiology) 589.7 590.6 623.1 Figures not available

There are 120 main specialist hearing aid centres in England at which a wide range of tests for deafness are employed. Many centres have satellite centres, most of which offer a similar range of services. Information is not held centrally about the types of tests carried out at individual centres.

Mr. Ashley

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will estimate the contribution made by shortage of (a) technical staff, (b) medical staff and (c) specialist centres to the limitation in facilities which caused the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council to recommend a limit of 10,000 audiological examinations each year for industrial deafness.

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