Despite having perhaps weightier issues on their minds, Parliament debated the NHS England Action Plan on Hearing Loss and the new adult hearing service commissioning framework, on Thursday 30 June. You can read a report of the debate here.
There are eloquent contributions by MPs Jim Fitzpatrick and Lilian Greenwood, both involved in the All Party Parliamentary Group on Deafness. Key issues were the rationing of hearing aids by some CCGs (Clinical Commissioning Groups) over which the Health Secretary Alistair Burt seemed reluctant to issue a central directive, and a decision against the introduction of an adult screening programme. Other issues were the delays in getting people with early signs of hearing loss diagnosed.