HC Deb 05 March 2001 vol 364 c115W
Mr. Beith

To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS trusts outside the 20 participating trusts in the modernising National Health Service hearing aid service project meet the service criteria for accessing the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency contract for digital hearing aids; and what steps his Department is taking to provide funding for equipment and staff training to enable more trusts to meet the service criteria. [151761]

Mr. Hutton

Pending the outcome of the modernising national health service hearing aid services project, other hospitals with the appropriate staff, training, equipment and experience are able to access the NHS purchasing and supply agency contract for digital hearing aids.

The Department will spend £10.75 million over the two years 2000–01 and 2001–02, and if successful, a further £25 million to roll out the project to the rest of England.