NHS: Hearing Impaired

Health written question – answered on 30th April 2008.

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Photo of Anne Milton Anne Milton Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients waited more than six weeks for (a) an initial NHS hearing assessment and (b) a follow-up NHS hearing aid assessment in the latest period for which figures are available.

Photo of Ivan Lewis Ivan Lewis Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health) (Care Services)

Latest available data for February 2008 show there were 8,295 patients waiting longer than six weeks for all audiology assessments, including initial and follow-up hearing assessments. This represents a reduction of some 92 per cent. (from 101,335) since April 2006.

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