HC Deb 22 January 2001 vol 361 c434W
Mr. Beith

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to add NHS trusts in Northumberland and Tyneside to the list of trusts providing digital hearing aids. [146008]

Mr. Hutton

The Department will study the results of the modernising National Health Service hearing aid services project at the 20 participating NHS trusts to determine how changes to hearing aid services are rolled out to the NHS. Pending the outcome of the project, other hospitals are able to access the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency contract for digital hearing aids where the service criteria are met.