We welcome the comments from the Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt on 10 August 2016 that any patient who needs cataract surgery should get it without delay and that decisions about who can access cataract treatment should always be clinically-led and in the best interests of patients.
Unfortunately, this just isn’t happening. Our research continues to show that cataract operations are being restricted due to financial pressures on the NHS. This is forcing patients to live with unnecessary sight loss and a reduced quality of life.
We’re calling on all Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) who plan and pay for local healthcare to urgently implement the NICE accredited cataract commissioning guidance.
Read our open letter to the Secretary of State for Health (Word, 146KB) and find out more about our cataract campaign.