Action on Hearing Loss have launched their new research report:
Based on the findings from a survey of 140 NHS adult audiology providers, the research shows that NHS audiology services across the UK are under significant pressure, with two in every five (41%) offering patients a reduced service as a result of budget cuts or increased demand. It shows that short of removing provision altogether, many providers are being forced to make other changes to their services such as reducing follow up appointments, reducing the number/skill level of staff, increasing waiting times, and/or reducing home visits, and that there is much variation across the UK.
Their findings show that it is vital that there is proper investment in audiology services and that quality standards are in place and enforced, to provide evidence-based guidance to providers and commissioners.
The main call is for NICE to prioritise the development of the quality standard on hearing loss.
Read the full findings of Under Pressure
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