Wheelchairs

Department of Health written question – answered on 15th September 2017.

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Photo of Roger Godsiff Roger Godsiff Labour, Birmingham, Hall Green

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the NHS has spent on wheelchair provision in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Roger Godsiff Roger Godsiff Labour, Birmingham, Hall Green

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether it is the Government's policy for the NHS to provide a wheelchair to everyone who needs one.

Photo of Roger Godsiff Roger Godsiff Labour, Birmingham, Hall Green

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS-funded wheelchairs have been provided in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Information on National Health Service spend on wheelchair provision and the number of NHS-funded wheelchairs provided in each of the last 10 years is not available centrally.

Since July 2015, NHS England has collected data from commissioners on a quarterly basis about wheelchair services and delivery of the wheelchair pathway. This includes the collection of data covering volume, expenditure and access to services.

The National Wheelchair Data Collection, which is available as an online only resource, is available at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/pe/wheelchair-services/nhse-role/

Local clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are responsible for commissioning the majority of wheelchair services for their local populations and equipment will be prescribed according to the patient’s clinical need following an assessment by an appropriately qualified practitioner or prescriber.

To improve wheelchair commissioning, and support continuing work promoting personalisation in wheelchair services, NHS England has published a Model Service Specification for Wheelchair and Posture Services. The specification provides CCGs with a framework for them to use with their service users, providers and suppliers to commission services that meet the needs of wheelchair users.

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