Eyesight: Testing

Health written question – answered on 1st April 2008.

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Photo of David Simpson David Simpson Shadow Spokesperson (Education), Shadow Spokesperson (International Development), Shadow Spokesperson (Transport)

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.

Photo of Ann Keen Ann Keen Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Health Services), Department of Health

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 31 March 2007' report. Information is provided for the years ending 31 March, 1997 to 2007.

Sight test information by strategic health authority (SHA) and by primary care trust (PCT) level for the year ending 31 March 2007 is available in table A3 of Annex D of the report.

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 31 March, 1997 to 2007.

Figure 6a of the Report shows the number of items for repair or replacement, in England, for the years ending 31 March, 1997 to 2007.

Information on the numbers of vouchers and the numbers of items for repair or replacement by SHA and by PCT for the year ending 31 March 2007 are available in tables B3, C3 and D3 of Annex D of the Report.

This Report, published on 31 July 2007, is available in the Library and is also available at:

www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/gosactivity310307

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 31 March 2008' report. Once published a copy of the Report will be placed in the Library.

All the reports have been published by the Information Centre for health and social care.

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