Eyesight: Medical Treatments

Department of Health written question – answered on 9th November 2015.

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Photo of Sir David Amess Sir David Amess Conservative, Southend West

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of trends in the costs of treating sight loss and eye health problems.

Photo of Sir David Amess Sir David Amess Conservative, Southend West

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the NHS spent tackling the effects of sight loss in each of the last three years.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt The Minister of State, Department of Health

No specific assessment has been made of the trends in the cost of treating sight loss and eye health problems.

However, the table below shows expenditure for ‘problems of vision’ for primary care trusts (PCTs) for 2011-12 and 2012-13 and for clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) for 2013-14.

Expenditure on problems of vision, 2011-12 to 2013-14

Commissioner

Year

Total £ billion

PCTs

2011-12

2.26

PCTs

2012-13

2.30

CCGs

2013/14

1.61

Note:

1 This figure does not include services directly commissioned by NHS England, such as primary eye care services. NHS England is currently reviewing expenditure data on their directly commissioned services.

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