In Focus: Welsh reforms improve access to eye care

Andrew McClean speaks to Optometry Wales' Sali Davis about how a new contract supports primary eye care provision

Reform of optometry services in Wales will take place after a contract was agreed between the Welsh Government, Optometry Wales and NHS Wales.

Changes will be aligned to the commitments set out in A Healthier Wales and the Future Approach for Optometry Services reports that outlined how to improve access to eye care.

The new contract focused on enabling patients to receive services that were delivered by the right professional, in the right place across the entire eye care pathway.

In a statement confirming the agreement, Eluned Morgan MS, minister for health social services, said: ‘The increase in clinical services delivered by optometrists, working together with hospital eye departments, will provide NHS Wales with assurance that delivery will be equitable, consistent, and timely for all citizens across Wales.’

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