HC Deb 01 November 1988 vol 139 c591W
68. Mrs. Wise

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make ear-marked funding available to health authorities for relief of intractable pain, including provision of dorsal column stimulators in appropriate cases.

Mrs. Currie

No. The funding of these services is a matter for individual health authorities who are best placed to assess local needs. The need for a dorsal column stimulator is determined by a consultant.