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NHS: Standards

Volume 476: debated on Thursday 22 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the Government's target waiting times for the fitting of digital hearing aids by NHS hospital trusts are; and if he will make a statement. (207350)

Patients referred to ear nose and throat (ENT) consultant-led care, who subsequently require hearing aid fitting, are covered by the target that no one should wait longer than 18 weeks from referral to treatment by December 2008, unless it is clinically appropriate or they choose to do so. The Department does not have a target for non consultant-led care for the fitting of hearing aids.