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 is running 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 is 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 is to investigate how this situation can be addressed.

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

The APPG will consider the evidence it receives to 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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