Health written question – answered on 11th February 2004.

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Photo of David Taylor David Taylor Labour/Co-operative, North West Leicestershire

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) what progress has been made in reducing the number of analogue hearing aids used by NHS patients in (a) North West Leicestershire and (b) the East Midlands since January 2002;

(2) what progress is being made in the provision of NHS digital hearing aids in (a) North West Leicestershire and (b) the East Midlands.

Photo of Stephen Ladyman Stephen Ladyman Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health

Details of those audiology services that have been modernised are available in the Library. There are no plans to monitor the reduction in the number of people using analogue aids.

I refer my hon. Friend to the response given to Mr. Chope on 26 January 2004, Hansard, column 176W.

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