Disability Aids: Recycling

Department of Health written question – answered on 12th January 2017.

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Photo of Julian Knight Julian Knight Conservative, Solihull

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment has been made of the potential savings to the public purse of the re-use of (a) casts, (b) walking boots, (c) crutches and (d) other aids within the NHS.

Photo of Philip Dunne Philip Dunne The Minister of State, Department of Health

No such assessment has been made.

The Government recognises the importance of repairing and recycling crutches, wheelchairs and other such mobility equipment where it is safe and cost effective to do so, however it is a matter for local determination. This is often jointly arranged between both the National Health Service and local authorities.

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