Action on Hearing Loss welcomes Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) decision to cancel their plans to ration free NHS hearing aids for those with mild or moderate hearing loss.
Following the decision by North Staffordshire CCG to cut the service from 1st October 2015, the other five CCGs in Staffordshire had been planning to consult with their local patient populations over the possibility of implementing the same policy. Stoke-on-Trent CCG have now said they will not be pursuing similar cuts.
Action on Hearing Loss, with support from local and national deaf organisations and audiology professionals, has spent the last 15 months campaigning to reverse the decision made by North Staffordshire CCG to cut hearing aids for most people who need them. A Staffordshire County Council meeting held last week also saw councillors unanimously condemning the cuts and supporting the charity’s petition signed by over 5,000 Staffordshire residents.
To help fight against the cuts, the public can get involved themselves by contacting their local MP and Councillors. For more information on how to help Action on Hearing Loss, please visit www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/hearingaidcuts