Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 It has dawned upon the news desk in recent months that optics could part of what seems to be a quiet minority indifferent to the coalition government’s controversial Health and Social Care Bill. Indeed, while rising numbers come out against what they view as the privatisation of the NHS, the optical community is quite happy to stay out of it and understandably so. The controversial and emotive changes include sweeping changes in the way healthcare is commissioned, meaning practitioners stand to gain an extra source of income and utilise more of their expertise. For example, this week's edition of Optician tells the story of a grant being awarded to LOCs in South East London to pay for glaucoma referral refresher courses for practitioners in the area. Meanwhile, a straw poll by Optician Online found around 94 per cent of 32 practice voters agreed that offering enhanced services appealed to practitioners on the whole. Although such schemes do not wholly rely on the Health and Social Care Bill, practitioners would be forgiven for a having a more positive outlook towards it than the demonstrators do.