Following reports that access to hearing aids are to be restricted in other parts of the UK, local MP Stuart Donaldson, SNP member of parliament for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine, and Dennis Robertson, member of the Scottish Parliament for Aberdeenshire West, have written to NHS Grampian for assurances that hearing aids will still be provided, free at the point of need, in this NHS area.
Speaking this week Mr Donaldson said: “I am very concerned to learn today that other parts of the UK are restricting access to free hearing aids.
“This will particularly hit the elderly the hardest, who deserve to be given all the support they need to live their lives in this time of austerity.
“Hearing loss, be it mild or otherwise, affects many pensioners and can be a barrier for many in taking part in everyday life. I have today written to NHS Grampian for their reassurances that these plans will not be enacted in this health board area.”
Dennis Robertson added: “Having previously worked in the sector with people with sensory impairments I am very much aware of the benefits that hearing aids can provide for those with mild and moderate hearing loss.
“Far from removing the barriers to communication, a decision such as the one taken in North Staffordshire would, in fact, create more.
“I would be extremely concerned if NHS Grampian follows suit and I will, along with my colleague Stuart Donaldson MP, be seeking a meeting to ascertain the health board’s position on this matter.”