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To ask the Secretary of State for Health
(1) what progress audiology clinics are making towards the Government's target that no one will wait longer than 18 weeks for treatment, including diagnostics, by 2008;
(2) how she plans to ensure that audiology departments meet the Government's target that no one will wait longer than 18-weeks for their treatment, including diagnostics, by 2008.
Progress towards meeting the 18-week target will be assessed by monitoring activity and waiting time data against the trajectories in strategic health authorities' (SHAs) local delivery plans. These data returns will for the first time, subject to successful piloting, include activity and waiting times for pure tone audiometry. SHAs are working with primary care trusts to develop their plans.