The NHS eye care system is currently failing patients. Demand for ophthalmology has increased significantly in recent years, due to our ageing population and the availability of new treatments. Service provision is not keeping pace with demand, meaning that hospitals are delaying and cancelling appointments, resulting in people losing sight.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Eye Health and Visual Impairment (a cross-party group of MPs and Peers) held an England-only inquiry during 2017 into the issue of capacity problems in National Health Service (NHS) eye care services in England and will release its findings in at a report launch on 6 June.
Ask your MP to attend the APPG event to learn about the challenges their constituents are facing and how they can help to implement the APPG’s recommendations and ensure no one loses sight unnecessarily.