Optics responds to 10 year plan

Eye health
Optical bodies have responded to the new NHS 10-year plan

The College of Optometrists has responded to the new NHS 10-year plan.

Its director of policy, Jo Mullin, said: ‘The Plan’s focus on prevention and primary care is laudable; unfortunately eye health barely gets a mention despite the capacity pressures experienced by the HES.

‘Our Enhanced Scheme Evaluation project shows that such schemes are safe and potentially cost-effective. This is a missed opportunity and the College will continue to press commissioners to include these schemes in their plans.’

FODO has also commented on the plan. It said: 'FODO has welcomed the NHS long term plan. It does not directly impact on GOS (with the possible exception of service to care homes) and there is much that community optics, ophthalmology and hearing services can get behind.

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