South Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will not restrict access to audiology services for people with ‘mild’ hearing loss.
The CCG held a consultation for the proposed cut in the service, which would have seen over 50s with mild hearing loss no longer able to access Hearing Services through NHS contracted providers, in the wake of “significant financial challenges.”
The CCG takes the process of consultation very seriously, and this decision has been reached partly due to the comprehensive feedback receivedDr Hilary Byrne, Chair of NHS South Norfolk CCG
But these will not go ahead “for the time being”, following a meeting on Tuesday.
The decision has been made to await the publication of a National Commissioning Framework for Audiology Services, due in April.
Dr Hilary Byrne, Chair of NHS South Norfolk CCG, said: “The CCG is grateful for the wealth of feedback that it has received from members of the public, clinical colleagues, and numerous support organisations.
“The CCG takes the process of consultation very seriously, and this decision has been reached partly due to the comprehensive feedback received.”
“This has given the Governing Body a detailed picture of audiology services available to people living in South Norfolk, and the impact that the policy would have on people living with hearing loss.”
The move was welcomed by charity Action on Hearing Loss .
Chief Executive Paul Breckell said: “We welcome the decision made by the South Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group to maintain hearing aid services, which have been available to people with a hearing loss in South Norfolk since the inception of the NHS.
“They certainly took on board the robust clinical evidence that we provided through their consultation process and have responded to the strength of local feeling.
“We look forward to engaging with them in the future to offer our support and expertise to help ensure that people with hearing loss in South Norfolk are provided with access to high quality hearing aid services once NHS England’s National Commissioning Framework for Audiology Services is published in April.”