Report warns of long waits for UK audiology services and treatment by non-specialists

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 14 February 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:350
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. 1London

    A report from the Royal College of Physicians criticises the audiological and audiovestibular care provided by the NHS in the United Kingdom, and it calls for more integrated services and the rapid training of more specialists.

    Waiting times for audiology services can be long, despite recent improvements, and patients are often treated by specialists in other disciplines, particularly by ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialists, the report has found. The NHS does not track waiting times for many audiological treatments, but the most recent data, from December 2006, showed 166 740 patients awaiting audiology assessments, with roughly two thirds waiting more than 13 …

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