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Question ref. S6W-05839
Asked by: Gordon MacDonald, Edinburgh Pentlands, Scottish National Party
Date lodged: 20 January 2022

Question

To ask the Scottish Government what action it will take at a national level, following the publication of the British Academy of Audiology report on NHS Lothian's Paediatric Audiology Services.

Current status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 21 January 2022


Answer

The Scottish Government has today announced an Independent Chair is to be appointed to oversee a Review of Audiology Services in Scotland.

The appointee will provide leadership to a National Audiology Review Group established to examine hearing services provided to both children and adults in Health Boards across Scotland.

As I have previously stated to Parliament, it is vital that we are confident in the quality and effectiveness of our audiology service in Scotland. To do this, we need to identify any potential wider issues and what recommendations need to be taken forward across NHS Scotland to ensure our audiology service is fit for purpose and support our commitment to the needs of children and people living with a sensory impairment.

The group will provide recommendations for a national plan for improvement.

The Scottish Government will provide a further update to Parliament detailing the remit of the review, its membership and timetable for reporting once an appointment has been made.