§ 15. Mr. Ashley
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he proposes to take to ensure that cochlear implants are readily provided by the National Health Service for those profoundly deaf patients who could benefit from them.
§ Mr. Mellor
Provision of cochlear implants is a matter for health authorities in the light of their assessment of local needs and priorities. This is an important new development and I have asked officials to review the 419W position to see whether some form of additional help from the centre would be possible. Given the complexity of the funding issues involved, no early decision will be possible.