OFNC discusses eye care with minister

Dame Andrea Leadsom MP, minister for public health, start for life and primary care, recently met with the Optometric Fees Negotiating Committee (OFNC) to discuss eye care.

The Conservative MP said: ‘I was delighted to meet with the OFNC to discuss the essential role played by NHS sight testing in the prevention of avoidable sight loss, the current challenges facing eye care services and how an expanded role for the primary eye care workforce could help alleviate ophthalmology pressures.’

Among the issues raised were: the need for sustainable funding for general ophthalmic services (GOS), the need for integrated IT connectivity across eye care in England, and the potential benefits of a new national Mecs/Cues specification.

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