Date lodged: 18 March 2019
To ask the First Minister how the Scottish Government will ensure the recent revision of the severe deafness definition by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) will be reflected in the eligibility for cochlear implants under the NHS.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 26 March 2019
NHS National Services Scotland's National Services Division is working with the Scottish Health Technologies Group (part of Healthcare Improvement Scotland) and the Scottish Cochlear Implantation Service to assess the potential implications and impact of the recent revision.
NHS National Services Scotland expects this work to be considered by the National Patient, Public and Professional Reference Group (NPPPRG) on 20 August 2019 and reported to the National Specialist Services Committee (NSSC), which is the Governance Group for all National Specialist Services, in September.
The NSSC will be asked to provide a recommendation on the outcome of the assessment for NHS Scotland for consideration by the Board Chief Executives.