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Budget cuts affect hearing services

This report uses data gathered via freedom of information requests from audiology departments at 128 NHS trusts to reveal the impact that budgetary cuts are having on the quality of hearing services across the country.

The report found that reduced budgets have led to 16% of trusts reducing their follow-up appointments; 15% report an increase in waiting times; and 8% have reduced the number of specialist staff for complex cases.