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Barnet Primary Care Trust: Hearing Aids

Volume 470: debated on Wednesday 23 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was for a digital hearing aid in (a) Barnet Primary Care Trust and (b) at Edgware Hospital in the latest period for which figures are available; how many patients are waiting (i) for the fitting of an aid and (ii) for repairs; what steps are being taken to improve the service; and if he will make a statement. (179060)

This information requested is not held centrally. The Department will collect referral-to-treatment data on direct access audiology—including the fitting of hearing aids—for the first time from April 2008.

The Department continues to work with the national health service to improve audiology services. A national audiology framework was published in March 2007, and the Department is working directly with the most challenged organisations.