Health written question – answered on 11th February 2004.

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Photo of Mr Adrian Flook Mr Adrian Flook Conservative, Taunton

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when digital hearing aids will be freely available on the NHS for residents of (a) Taunton Deane and (b) West Somerset.

Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton The Minister of State, Department of Health

holding answer 10 February 2004

Digital hearing aids are already available on the national health service for residents of Taunton Deane and West Somerset. A small number of digital hearing aids were made available in January 2004. However, the audiology department at the Taunton and Somerset NHS Trust will begin rolling out digital hearing aids comprehensively in March 2004 when 1,000 existing analogue users will start converting to digital technology.

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