Health: Ophthalmology

House of Lords written question – answered on 12th November 2010.

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Photo of Lord Wills Lord Wills Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to making blindness from giant cell arteritis a "never event".

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The department has proposed an extended list of "never events" and is currently undertaking an open engagement exercise to seek comments on the proposals and to consider suggestions for additional events to include in this list.

A copy of the proposals has been placed in the Library and is available at

The engagement process will run until 19 November 2010, following which the Government will consider all suggestions for amendments and additions to the "never event" list. We will publish an expanded list of "never events" in due course.

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