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Health: Audiology

House of Lords written question – answered on 10th January 2008.

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Photo of Baroness Howe of Idlicote Baroness Howe of Idlicote Crossbench

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many qualified audiologists are employed by the National Health Service.

Photo of Lord Darzi of Denham Lord Darzi of Denham Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health)

The latest published workforce census showed there were 1,766 qualified audiologists employed by the National Health Service in England as at September 2006, an increase of 184 or 12 per cent since 2004.

Improving Access to Audiology Services in England, published on 6 March 2007, advises primary care trusts to assess the audiological needs of their local populations and any capacity gaps and to develop and commission the right amount of appropriate pathways to substantially reduce waits across the whole patient pathway.

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