Wheelchairs: Young People
Tim Loughton (Shadow Minister, Children, Schools and Families; East Worthing and Shoreham, Conservative)
To ask the Secretary of State for Health
(1) how many requests for new wheelchairs for children and young people in each of the last five years were granted (a) within a month, (b) within three months and (c) after over six months;
(2) how many children are on a waiting list to receive (a) a lightweight manual wheelchair and (b) powered mobility equipment;
(3) how many NHS wheelchairs available for children and young people have been in service for (a) less than one year, (b) less than five years and (c) more than 10 years.
Ivan Lewis (Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Care Services), Department of Health; Bury South, Labour)
The information requested is not held centrally. National health service wheelchair services are funded and managed at a local level. It is up to individual primary care trusts to determine the appropriate level of funding for their service and to assess and meet the needs of each individual using their service.