Next Steps in the Hearing Services Review

Jan 21, 2022 10:01 AM

National Review Group to be established.

An independent chair should be appointed to oversee the creation of a national audiology review panel.

The group will look at the hearing services provided to children and adults in health boards across Scotland.

It comes after a report published in December 2021 described a series of errors in the treatment provided to children by pediatric audiology at NHS Lothian.

Further review has highlighted areas for improvement in the provision of audiology services in Scotland that need to be looked at more closely. The group will provide recommendations for a national plan for the service.

Health Secretary Humza Yousaf said:

“Following the unacceptable failures that have been highlighted in NHS Lothian Pediatric Audiology, I want to ensure that our hearing services are fit for purpose across Scotland, which means ensuring that any issues most wide are identified and corrected.

“The first step is to appoint an independent chair, a process that will be undertaken as soon as possible to provide the necessary leadership and oversight for this important work.

“I will provide a further update detailing the terms of reference for the review, its composition and the reporting schedule once an appointment has been made.”

Michael A. May