Eye Tests

Health written question – answered on 4th May 2004.

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Photo of Jim Dobbin Jim Dobbin Labour/Co-operative, Heywood and Middleton

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) how many senior citizens in Heywood and Middleton have access to free eye tests;

(2) how many residents in Heywood and Middleton aged over 60 years have benefited from the abolition of charges for eye tests;

(3) how many residents in Stalybridge and Hyde over 60 have benefited from the aboliton of charges for eye tests.

Photo of Miss Melanie Johnson Miss Melanie Johnson Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health

Data for the number of sight tests by constituency or by the number of senior citizens is not collected centrally.

The total number of national health service sight tests paid for by the Greater Manchester Strategic Health Authority in 2002–03 for patients aged 60 and over was 189,900. The total number eligible for a free sight test for those aged 60 and over was 493,100. Sight tests cannot be equated to the numbers of patients.

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