Inquiry: All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Eye Health and Visual Impairment

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Improving capacity in NHS eye care in England

A new report from the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Eye Health and Visual Impairment outlines solutions to the current capacity issues in eye care services in England.

The APPG conducted an inquiry to identify how capacity in NHS eye care services in England can be improved to ensure no one loses their sight unnecessarily. On June 6, it released its findings in the report, See the light: Improving capacity in NHS eye care in England. 

Read the report

The report includes 16 recommendations, from providing staff with more extensive training to setting national targets. RNIB will focus on two of the recommendations in the coming months:

  1. For the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to include eye health specifically within the NHS England mandate to ensure it's accorded a higher priority.
  2. For NHS England to review and report publicly on how eye care capacity issues are addressed in Sustainability and Transformation plans (STP) and how these relate to current and predicted need.

"The recommendations in this report, when implemented, will help to meet the increasing demands for eye care services, deliver strategic and joined up eye care, and reduce the number of patients losing sight because of delays." Lord Low of Dalston and Jim Shannon, MP, Co-Chairs, All Party Parliamentary Group on Eye Health and Visual Impairment.  

It's important that action is taken urgently to improve capacity in eye care services.