Philip Davies MP asks for better wig provision for alopecia sufferers

Better wig provision should be available to alopecia sufferers on the NHS, an MP has said.

Shipley MP Philip Davies said the move could help the psychological impact alopecia can have on patients.

Speaking in the Commons Mr Davies said: “Alopecia UK is based in my constituency. Can we have a debate on wig provision within the NHS, which I have to say is completely and utterly inadequate and causes a great deal of distress for victims of hair loss.”

Wigs are available on the NHS but patients have to pay for them unless they qualify for help with charges and costs range from £72 for an acrylic wig to nearly £300 for a full human hair wig.

Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg said Mr Davies made a serious point and urged him to discuss the matter with Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

Mr Davies said: “People affected by hair loss need much more support and help on the NHS. Local provision varies wildly from area to area and it seems the NHS doesn’t really care enough about this issue.

“Alopecia UK in my constituency do a wonderful job helping people and I will do all I can to help them.”