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Minister announces £750,000 cochlear implant programme

Publisher: Ian Morgan
Published: 28/03/2007

“More adults with profound hearing difficulties are set to benefit thanks to a new £750,000 cochlear implant programme, Health and Social Services Minister, Dr Brian Gibbons, announced today (Wednesday).

The new funding will mean that all of the patients currently waiting for an implant will be able to be treated.

It is anticipated that the programme is expected to help over 20 patients in the next financial year 2007/08.

Currently the implants are only available in a very few exceptional cases.

This represents an increase of over 60% in funding for the cochlear implant programme.

Dr Gibbons said: ‘Cochlear implants can make the world of difference to people who are profoundly deaf or severely hard of hearing. The funding I have announced today means that we can dramatically increase the number of people we can treat across Wales.’…”

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