To go back to a story on cochlear implants from a few months ago, you might remember that the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence had published their conclusions on cochlear implants. Their conclusions were more positive than we could have hoped for, meaning that any parents who made an informed choice for it could chose for their child to have cochlear implants in one or both ears.
If all had gone to plan, primary care trusts would currently be getting ready to implement this guidance…
Instead, someone appealed against the NICE findings. We had naively assumed that no-one would do such a thing so it’s very frustrating. Tomorrow, there will be an appeal hearing and we will find out who has appealed and why. I’ll be there. Maybe even with some rotten fruit and veg in my bag and my guide book to effective heckling.*
Best case scenario is that this is just a unhelpful delay – but that soon primary care trusts can get on with implementing the guidance. Worse case scenario is that the appeal is upheld – and then we go back to the drawing board with deaf children experiencing long delays and a postcode lottery in getting cochear implants.