Hearing Aid (Personal Case)

Oral Answers to Questions — National Health Service – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st July 1949.

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Photo of Mr Louis Tolley Mr Louis Tolley , Kidderminster 12:00 am, 21st July 1949

asked the Minister of Health if he will specially authorise the supply of a hearing aid to Mr. A. T. Wilkinson of 39, New Station Road, Alvechurch, Worcestershire, in view of the fact that he is 90 years of age.

Photo of Mr Aneurin Bevan Mr Aneurin Bevan , Ebbw Vale

No, Sir. It must be for the hospitals to decide on the facts of the individual case whether priority should be given.

Photo of Mr Louis Tolley Mr Louis Tolley , Kidderminster

Will my right hon. Friend, whom I know to be generously disposed towards matters of this kind, not give me a promise to look at this again with a view to granting the request in my Question? This man cannot have many more years to live, and it would be a good thing to enable him to spend his last few days with this hearing aid.

Photo of Mr Aneurin Bevan Mr Aneurin Bevan , Ebbw Vale

I think it would be a mistake for me to try to arrange these priorities. It does not necessarily follow that a very aged person should have an aural aid before a young person whose employment makes it necessary for him to have one.