Hearing Aids

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 17th September 2018.

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Photo of Jim Fitzpatrick Jim Fitzpatrick Labour, Poplar and Limehouse

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have been supplied with NHS-funded hearing aids in each clinical commissioning group area in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

Photo of Jim Fitzpatrick Jim Fitzpatrick Labour, Poplar and Limehouse

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much was spent on audiology services (a) nationally and (b) by each clinical commissioning group in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

Photo of Jim Fitzpatrick Jim Fitzpatrick Labour, Poplar and Limehouse

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the projected spend on audiology services is (a) this year and (b) next year, broken down (i) nationally and (ii) by clinical commissioning group.

Photo of Caroline Dinenage Caroline Dinenage Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The information requested on the number of people supplied with National Health Services-funded hearing aids is not collated centrally.

The requested information for spend on audiology services by each clinical commissioning group (CCG) is not collected centrally.

Data on national spend is not available in the format requested. Such information as is available is shown in the following table.

Total spend on audiology services in £ million

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

Admitted Patient Care

25.8

124.5

161.8

163.5

152.5

Outpatient Attendances

21.2

30.8

24.2

32.0

36.5

Community Health Services

208.5

172.9

193.5

201.0

196.2

Total

255.5

328.2

379.5

396.5

385.2

Source: https://improvement.nhs.uk/resources/reference-costs/

The information requested on projected spend on audiology services is not collected centrally.

CCGs are responsible for commissioning audiology services. The Commissioning Services for People with Hearing Loss framework will help CCGs to deliver on their responsibility to commission high quality, responsive hearing services by establishing what good commissioning looks like.

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