The BBC website reports on NHS hearing services being ‘cut’ all over the country after a report by Action on Hearing Loss. Apart from the loss of services like follow-up appointments to ensure that hearing aids are adapted and used correctly which may mean that a hearing aid is less effective, Paul Breckell, the chief executive of Action on Hearing Loss said,
“Making savings from hearing service cuts right now is a false economy because it will only lead to higher NHS and social care costs to support people with untreated loss in the long run.”
This is the crux of problems about cuts to public services, that they will lead to higher costs next year and in the years to come. This is true in Greece, true of diabetes and true of youth services.
It won’t get any better while we focus on simply cutting cost, we must turn to improving services.