Bilateral Cochlear Implant

Health written question – answered on 24th March 2009.

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Photo of John Heppell John Heppell Labour, Nottingham East

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his plans are for the future provision of simultaneous bilateral cochlear implant to those who require it.

Photo of Dawn Primarolo Dawn Primarolo Minister of State (Department of Health) (Public Health)

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) issued guidance on 28 January 2009, recommending simultaneous bilateral cochlear as an option for children or adults who are blind or have other disabilities and who are not receiving adequate benefit from acoustic hearing aids.

Primary care trusts are required to make funding available within three months of final NICE guidance to enable clinicians to follow positive technology appraisal recommendations.

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