RNIB Cymru has launched its 2016 elections manifesto. Candidates from six parties took part in a hustings event chaired by ITV Wales journalist Catrin Haf Jones on Wednesday 27 January. Candidates were also invited to take part in a blindfold walk wearing “sim specs”, which simulate different types of eye conditions, to experience what it is like to navigate with sight loss.
RNIB Cymru is campaigning for the next Welsh Government to recognise the challenges that remain for people in Wales with sight loss and wants all six parties to commit to their key manifesto asks.
Some of RNIB Cymru’s key manifesto asks are for:
RNIB Cymru is campaigning for all parties to be ambitious and lead the way in the UK in eye health and equality policy.
RNIB Cymru Director Ceri Jackson said:
“Every day in Wales five more people begin to lose their sight. Sight is the sense we fear losing most and in the next twenty five years the number of people with sight loss will double.
“No one should lose their sight because of cancelled or delayed appointments. That's why one of our manifesto priorities is to ensure that patients have access to timely appointments and treatment. Improved outcomes in ophthalmology will lead to better health overall and make savings in other areas of the health service.
“Sight loss affects every aspect of your life, from accessing education, finding a job to catching the bus to your local supermarket.
“We want this next term in the National Assembly to ensure that blind and partially sighted people have access to support and services to remain independent in all aspects of life. We want people to receive the support they need int he eye clinic at the point of need and we want to make sure that the people of Wales look after their eyes.”