Free Eye Tests (Leicester, South)

Health written question – answered on 24th February 2005.

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Photo of Mr Parmjit Gill Mr Parmjit Gill Liberal Democrat, Leicester South

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many free eye tests for pensioners there have been in Leicester, South in each year since 1997.

Photo of Stephen Ladyman Stephen Ladyman Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health

Figures for the number of sight tests by constituency or by pensioners are not collected centrally.

The table shows the number of national health service sight tests paid by the Leicestershire health authority (HA) for the years ending 31 March 2000 to 2003, and the six primary care trusts (PCTs) covering the old Leicestershire HA for the year ending 31 March 2004.

General ophthalmic services: number of sight tests paid by Leicestershire HA for patients aged 60 and over for the years ending 31 March 2000–04
HA/PCT name Number of sight tests for aged 60 and over (Thousands)
1999–2000 Leicestershire HA 53.9
2000–01 Leicestershire HA 69.4
2001–02 Leicestershire HA 75.1
2002–03 Leicestershire HA 76.1
2003–04 Melton, Rutland and Harborough PCT 10.9
Leicester City West PCT 6.8
Hinckley and Bosworth PCT 7.0
Charnwood and North West Leicestershire PCT 22.9
Eastern Leicester PCT 18.3
South Leicestershire PCT 15. 9
Total 81.8


1. Eligibility for NHS sight tests was extended to patients aged 60 and over from 1 April 1999.

2. PCTs took over responsibilities from HAs in October 2002.

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