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Volume 455: debated on Thursday 25 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps her Department is taking to reduce waiting times in audiology services; (114473)

(2) if she will introduce a sustainable service for hearing aids equal to that of independent service providers.

In order to improve access and reduce waiting times for audiology services, a national action plan is being developed for publication soon.

This measure will assist in significantly reducing waiting times and will greatly benefit those who receive hearing aids.

This national action plan will help to create a sustainable service model for audiology for the long term, including the use of independent service providers.