Hearing Aids: Staffordshire

Health written question – answered on 8th September 2014.

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Photo of Joan Walley Joan Walley Chair, Environmental Audit Committee, Chair, Environmental Audit Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) what representations his Department has made to North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group about its proposal to end the provision of NHS hearing aids;

(2) what representations his Department has received about the proposal from North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group to end the provision of NHS hearing aids.

Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb The Minister of State, Department of Health

A search of the Department’s ministerial correspondence database identified 66 written representations received between 27 June 2014 and 2 September 2014 about North Staffordshire clinical commissioning group’s (CCG) proposals to decommission the funding of hearing aids for adults with mild to moderate age-related hearing loss.

The provision of hearing aids for adults with mild to moderate hearing loss is a matter for local commissioners and is based on the needs of the local population.

As such the Department has made no representations to North Staffordshire CCG about this matter.

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