Cataracts

Health written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Steve McCabe Steve McCabe Labour, Birmingham, Selly Oak

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has made any changes to the NHS guidelines for cataract procedures since 2010; and whether he plans to make any changes in the next two years.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

The Department has made no changes to national health service guidelines on cataract procedures since 2010.

Primary care trusts are responsible for the commissioning of treatment and services for people with cataracts, taking into account the available evidence on best practice and the needs of the local population.

From 1 April 2013, clinical commissioning groups will be responsible for the commissioning of most health services, including cataract procedures.

In March 2012, we asked the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) to develop a quality standard on cataracts as part of a library of approximately 170 NHS quality standards. NICE has not yet published a timescale for the development of this quality standard.

A full list of Quality Standards, including information on those currently in development and those already published can be found on NICE'S website at:

www.nice.org.uk/guidance/qualitystandards/qualitystandards.jsp

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