To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many eye tests funded by the public purse in (a) England and (b) each region in each of the last 10 years; and what percentage of those who had eye tests subsequently received (i) spectacles for the first time and (ii) replacement or repairs of spectacles funded by the public purse.
Information on the number of sights paid for by the national health service in England, is provided in table 1 of the 'General Ophthalmic Services: Activity Statistics for England and Wales—Year ending
The number of those who receive spectacles for the first time is not collected centrally.
Table 3 of this report shows the number of vouchers for spectacles or contact lenses paid for by the NHS in England for the years ending
Figure 6a of the Report shows the number of items for repair or replacement, in England, for the years ending
Information on the numbers of vouchers and the numbers of items for repair or replacement by SHA and by PCT for the year ending
This Report, published on
The Information Centre for health and social care will aim to publish information at a regional level for earlier years in the 'General Ophthalmic Services: Activity Statistics for England and Wales—Year ending
All the reports have been published by the Information Centre for health and social care.