The date for its introduction was originally 2007, but the Executive is believed to be looking to move this forward to as early as 2004.
Optometry Scotland, which includes representatives from all parts of the profession, will be discussing a range of issues at the October 23 meeting. These include securing higher GOS fees, different terms and conditions, creeping competence and a primary eye care scheme such as the one in Wales.
The body was set up in April, comprising members from ABDO, AOP, FODO, the College, Scottish Committee of Optometrists and all Area Optical Committees. Its official launch will be held in January, with Scottish health minister Malcolm Chisholm expected to attend.
It was reported last month in optician (News, September 26) that a final round of talks on the NHS eye test fee are likely to take place before the end of October.
The Central Payments Agency is to host open days on November 14 and 15, and is encouraging practitioners to attend. The CPA is the body which administers GOS payments in Scotland.