HC Deb 07 March 2002 vol 381 cc543-4W
Valerie Davey

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to ensure that NHS trusts are fully implementing NICE guidance on hearing aid technology published in July 2000. [39608]

Jacqui Smith

The Commission for Health Improvement incorporates the monitoring of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidance in its clinical governance reviews. This is to ensure that national health service trusts have mechanisms in place to implement and comply with all NICE guidance.

Bob Spink

To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS trusts will receive new funding for digital hearing aids. [38420]

Jacqui Smith

We invited expressions of interest by 1 March 2002 from all health communities not yet involved in the modernising hearing aid services project. We will make decisions shortly about which sites will be included.

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