Information on the number of national health service hearing aids fitted by independent sector contractors across the English NHS is not collected centrally.
The Department has not issued any specific guidance to primary care trusts (PCTs) on competition specifically for adult hearing aid service contracts. However, the Department published a ‘PCT Procurement Guide for Health Services’ in May 2008. The guide supports NHS commissioners in deciding whether and how to procure health services through formal tendering and market-testing exercises. A copy of the guide has been placed in the Library.