Health Committee Press Notice No 7

12 January 2007
Session 2006-07

New Inquiry and terms of reference


The Committee has decided to carry out a short inquiry into Audiology Services in England. It is particularly interested in the following:

€ Whether accurate data on waiting times for audiology services are available;

€ Why audiology services appear to lag behind other specialties in respect of waiting times and access and how this can be addressed;

€ Whether the NHS has the capacity to treat the numbers of patients waiting;

€ Whether enough new audiologists are being trained; and

€ How great a role the private sector should play in providing audiology services.

Organisations and individuals wishing to submit a short memorandum are invited to do so no later than Thursday 8 February 2007. Memoranda need not address all of the issues outlined above. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference.

The Committee requests that evidence should be concise and in the form of a self-contained memorandum, prepared according to the guidelines set out by the terms of reference given above and preferably submitted electronically to .

Attention is drawn to the guidance on the submission of evidence which can be found at Late memoranda will only be accepted at the Committee's discretion, and may not be considered for publication.

The Committee will take oral evidence in March 2007. Further details will be given in a later press notice.

Please note that the Health Committee is unable to investigate individual cases.

The Health Committee is a Select Committee of the House of Commons. It is appointed under Standing Order No.152 to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department of Health and associated public bodies. The Committee has the power to send for persons, papers and records.