Being there when it matters (ECLOs) campaigners toolkit

9 out 10 Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) posts have extremely uncertain futures

 
As of February 2014, half of the ECLO services which RNIB and Action for Blind People are contracted to deliver did not have guaranteed funding past April 2014. Of the remaining half, four out of five ECLOs were employed on contracts due to end in 2015. 
 
This is only the tip of the iceberg. RNIB and Action are only contracted to deliver one in four of the ECLO services in England. The remaining services are provided by other organisations. Many of these contracts are also reliant on insecure funding.
 
(remember...campaigning on issues sometimes varies betweens countries in the UK, if you're not in England contact your national campaigns team to make sure you're as effective as you can be!)
 

Services which may be under threat

 
There are a number of services around England that face uncertain futures. These are:
  • Sussex Eye Hospital Brighton
  • Ipswich Hospital
  • Royal Victoria Infirmary
  • Darlington Memorial Hospital
  • Dewsbury and District Hospital
  • Huddersfield Royal Infirmary
  • Rotherham District General Hospital
  • Pontefract General Infirmary
  • Wakefield - Pinderfields Hospital
  • Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust 
  • Royal Bolton Hospital, North West
  • University Hospital (Coventry) and Rugby, 
  • Royal Oldham Hospital (acute),
  • Rochdale - Birch Hill Hospital 
  • Croft Shifa
  • St Helens Hospital St. Helens, Merseyside
  • Ormskirk and District General Hospital 
  • Chorley and South Ribble Hospital
  • Royal Preston Hospital
  • University Hospital Of North Staffordshire 
  • Queens Hospital Burton on Trent
If you live any of these areas and would like to support the campaign then please find out how you can get involved by contacting RNIB campaigns team on campaigns@rnib.org.uk or 020 7391 2123 
 

Don't live in an under threat area?

If you don't live in an area under threat of losing its ECLO post there's still more you can do to ensure people recieve appropriate support when they lose their sight. Care services for blind people are under threat as the Government looks at making significant changes to social care in the UK. Take action today to stop blind and partially sighted people missing out on vital support.

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