Two in five NHS audiology departments (41%) are being forced to cut core services due to shrinking budgets or increased demand, affecting hundreds of thousands of people across the UK, according to our new report released in January.
Research was gathered by Action on Hearing Loss between September and December 2014; the charity issued Freedom of Information requests to every NHS adult audiology provider across the UK, receiving 140 responses out of 155. Findings reveal that the NHS is already struggling to cope with reduced staff numbers, restricted access to hearing aids and patients facing longer waiting times for shorter appointments – yet a fifth (19%) of NHS hearing loss services are aware of further budget cuts in the next 12 months.
For a copy of the full press release click here
A full copy of the report Under Pressure: NHS Audiology Across the UK is available here