Motor Neurone Disease: Medical Equipment

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 5th July 2018.

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Photo of Nigel Dodds Nigel Dodds Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Reform and Constitutional Issues), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Foreign Affairs), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Brexit), DUP Westminster Leader

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many Health Trusts have made available Head Up collars to patients with motor neurone disease.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

This data is not collected centrally. The provision of Head Up collars is a local matter overseen by clinical commissioning groups.

The Head Up Collar was designed, developed and produced by a project headed by the National Institute for Health Research. It was announced on 30 May 2018 that the neck collar would be made available on the National Health Service. At this time the neck support collar was being used with suitable patients at 25 NHS trusts. The announcement can be found via the following link:

www.nihr.ac.uk/news/revolutionary-neck-support-collar-now-available-on-the-nhs-for-people-with-motor-neuron-disease/8583

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