In March 2016, the three Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in the county of Worcestershire – Redditch and Bromsgrove, Wyre Forest and South Worcestershire – announced that they were seeking the views of Worcestershire residents "on a wide range of potential changes to local services". These proposals included cutting the provision of NHS hearing aids to people with mild hearing loss.
We mobilised local supporters to take part in the CCGs' survey so they could make clear how important the continued provision of NHS hearing aids to all those who need them is. We also contacted the CCGs directly.
On 22 November 2016, the CCGs announced that they wouldn't be cutting hearing aid provision. They stated that they were “currently unconvinced about the level of savings that would be achieved were specific restrictions to be introduced”, and cited the “responses received from patients, community groups and other key stakeholders as part of the first phase of engagement”.
The CCGs will now look at the NHS England Commissioning Framework for adult hearing services, and seek to streamline and integrate services this way instead.