Residents in south Norfolk are being consulted on their views on changes to Audiology services in the wake of “significant financial challenges”.
NHS South Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group is consulting on a new policy for adults wanting to access hearing assessment and hearing aid services locally, which would see over 50s with mild hearing loss no longer being able to access Hearing Services through NHS contracted providers.
With the difficult financial challenges we face it is inevitable that we have to look at any areas where potential savings can be madeDr Dustyn Saint
A spokesperson for the CCG said they were facing “significant financial challenges”, having given notice they will end the year with at least a £6.6 million deficit.
A planned strategy which includes reviewing all areas of expenditure will target reducing costs, the spokesperson added.
Dr Dustyn Saint, NHS South Norfolk CCG Governing Body Member, said: “It’s really important that the CCG hears from people living in South Norfolk, particularly people that have used hearing services.
“With the difficult financial challenges we face it is inevitable that we have to look at any areas where potential savings can be made.
“Hopefully through close partnership work with our community we can find ways to make sure we provide appropriate health services whilst remaining within our duty to achieve financial balance.
“Your feedback will inform the decision that the CCG makes.”
The consultation runs until Friday, December 18.
The briefing paper outlining the proposal and key questions that the CCG would like feedback on is available by visting http://www.southnorfolkccg.nhs.uk/have-your-say/hearing-aids-people-mild-adult-onset-hearing-loss
Anyone can also comment on the CCG’s proposal on Audiology services through an online survey, available to view at www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/PS35D