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Services for disabled people are “unacceptably poor”

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 08 April 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:962
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    The NHS has promised to upgrade equipment and services for disabled people after a critical report by the Audit Commission.

    Many of the four million older and disabled people living in England and Wales receive a service that is “unacceptably poor,” according to the report. Patients often wait longer than six months to be fitted with a hearing aid but because of the poor quality of the hearing aids or misunderstood instructions a third are used rarely or never. Many people who need artificial …

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