Anger as hearing aids are rationed by the NHS: Hard of hearing patients given only one device to be worn on left OR right ear

Victoria Fletcher in The Daily Mail 24th Jan 2015 reports: Anger as hearing aids are rationed by the NHS: Hard of hearing patients given only one device to be worn on left OR right ear

This follows Devon Health Board deserts based rationing – and political dishonesty & denial at Cabinet level at PMQs. and Deafness in professionals – are you one of them? and DEAF MAN, EIGHTY, TREATED AS IF HE HAD DEMENTIA -watchdog finds

The NHS has started to ration hearing aids for the deaf – with thousands of people being offered only one device when experts say they need two.

Specialists recommend that patients who are losing their hearing in both ears should be offered two aids, but some NHS authorities have started to offer just one to such people, in a cost-cutting exercise that saves a modest £90 per person.

The charity Action on Hearing Loss, formerly the RNID, has found four hospital trusts in England and two health boards in Wales now initially offer one aid. 

 

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

One thought on “Anger as hearing aids are rationed by the NHS: Hard of hearing patients given only one device to be worn on left OR right ear

  1. Pingback: NHS to begin denying people hearing aids for first time – politicians will still deny it…. | NHS reality. An NHS soapbox. Speakers' corner for the NHS.

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