What do you make of the news that a woman aged 108 has been told she must wait 18 months before the Health Service will give her the hearing aid she needs? Former piano teacher Olive Beal, one of the oldest people in Britain, has poor eyesight and uses a wheelchair. Now her family have said that realistically Mrs Beal is unlikely ever to receive the digital hearing aid that will save her from isolation. The one-time suffragette is one of hundreds of thousands of older people made to wait up to two years and sometimes more for modern digital hearing aids that make a dramatic difference to their ability to hear and communicate.
Two points here;
1. Once again we see how cold and inhuman the NHS can be. The individual’s circumstances are as nothing to the bureaucratic juggernaut that runs the NHS. The woman is 108 – surely someone somewhere saw that fact?
2. Why can’t her family go and BUY her one? Stop waiting on the State to help your Mum, help her yourself by buying her the digital hearing aid.