Wheelchairs: Young People

Health written question – answered on 25th July 2007.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Shadow Minister (Children)

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.

Photo of Ivan Lewis Ivan Lewis Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health) (Care Services)

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.

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