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January 15, 2003

GBP1.5m aid for deaf patients

From: Edinburgh Evening News, UK - 15 Jan 2003

PATIENTS waiting for hearing aids can expect a faster service after the Scottish Executive today announced it was investing £1.5 million in audiology equipment.

The extra cash will pay for equipment for testing patients’ hearing, such as clinical audiometers, in order to fit the most appropriate hearing aid. Health boards and trusts are being invited to bid for a share of the one-off handout, which was awarded to combat equipment shortages nationwide.

The Royal National Institute for Deaf People, which has previously said that audiology services across Scotland were under-resourced and under-funded, today welcomed the extra cash.

Deputy Health Minister Mary Mulligan said: " Departments will have the chance to bring equipment in line with the standards recommended for a modern service - resulting in a better service for patients."