Parliamentary Inquiry

British Houses of ParliamentParliamentary Inquiry into capacity problems in NHS eye care services and avoidable sight loss in England

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Eye Health and Visual Impairment held an England-only Inquiry during 2017 into the issue of capacity problems in National Health Service (NHS) eye care services in England for which evidence shows many people are unnecessarily losing their sight.

The APPG was very concerned about the picture that has emerged of capacity problems in NHS eye care services and avoidable sight loss in England – the aim of the APPG Inquiry was to investigate how this situation could be addressed.

The objective of the Inquiry was to identify the barriers and opportunities in national and local health commissioning and planning which could ensure that capacity will meet demand for eye health services to prevent avoidable sight loss.

The APPG is now considering the evidence it received and will produce a report with a clear set of practical recommendations, and showcase best practice from eye health and other areas of healthcare:

  • for those with responsibility for eye health commissioning and planning both nationally and locally
  • on how to ensure there is strategic and joined-up service delivery, and
  • that can deliver capacity to meet existing and projected future increases in demand to prevent avoidable sight loss at national and local level.

The APPG will submit the report and its recommendations to the Secretary of State for Health, NHS delivery bodies, Clinical Commissioning Groups and Sustainability Transformation Partnership Footprint Leads for their consideration and response.

The call for evidence and the patient survey have now closed.  

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Joint letter from the APPG on Eye Health and Visual Impairment, APPG on Homelessness and APPG on Learning Disability to NHS England. 
In November 2017 an evidence session was held on access to sight tests and glasses among seldom heard groups. Read about the evidence gathered and the recommendations made in the letter.

Joint APPG letter to NHS England regarding sight tests and glasses for seldom heard groups.docx (Word, 74.17 KB)

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