BSA’s response to North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s proposal to cut hearing aid services

The BSA is responding to proposals by the North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) that if implemented would see decommissioning of hearing aid services for patients with mild and moderate age-related hearing loss. The BSA recognises that the outcome may have repercussions beyond the local area. We are coordinating our questions and submissions to the CCG with other interested groups and have participated in a letter from Hearing Loss and Deafness Alliance to the relevant Minister Norman Lamb.

Council member John Day will be representing the BSA at an engagement event organised by the CCG on 2nd July at Leek, Staffordshire. We have already posed questions  in order to learn more about the decision making process and the evidence base that has led to this proposal. We will then make a detailed and considered submission before the deadline set by the CCG at the end of July.