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Eyesight: North Yorkshire

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 10th July 2013.

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Photo of Hugh Bayley Hugh Bayley NATO Parliamentary Assembly UK Delegation, NATO Parliamentary Assembly (President)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many free NHS sight tests were given to people aged 60 years and over in the North Yorkshire and York Primary Care Trust area in each year since 2004-05; and what estimate he has made of the cost of providing those tests.

Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Department of Health.

The table shows the number of national health service sight tests for persons aged 60 and over, in England from 2004-05 to 2011-12. This information has been extracted from the report, ‘General Ophthalmic Services: Activity Statistics for England, Year ending 31 March 2012’. This report is also available on the NHS Information Centre website at:

www.hscic.gov.uk/searchcatalogue?productid= 7880&pubdate=JUL%2c20128tsort=Relevance&size=10&page= 2#top

The cost has been established by multiplying the number of sight tests conducted by the price paid per sight test.

Number and cost of NHS sight tests for the 60 years and over eligibility group, in North Yorkshire and York PCT, 2004-05 to 2011-12
  60+ sight tests(1) Price per sight test (£) Approximate Cost (£)
2004-05 17.82
2005-06 18.39
2006-07 18.85
2007-08 88,428 19.32 1,708,432
2008-09 90,380 19.80 1,789,521
2009-10 89,805 20.26 1,819,454
2010-11 88,324 20.70 1,828,300
2011-12 97,711 20.70 2,022,617
1 Number of sight tests by eligibility group was not available at PCT level for the years 2004-05 to 2006-07. Note: Patients may qualify for an NHS sight test on more than one criterion. However, they would only be recorded against one criterion on the form. Patients are more likely to be recorded according to their clinical need rather than their age. For example, a patient aged over 60, with glaucoma is likely to be recorded in the glaucoma category only. The count by eligibility is therefore approximate. Source: General Ophthalmic Services: Activity Statistics for England publication by the Health and Social Care Information Centre

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