Eyesight: Testing

Department of Health written question – answered on 8th January 2018.

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Photo of Lloyd Russell-Moyle Lloyd Russell-Moyle Labour/Co-operative, Brighton, Kemptown

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the Government will make an assessment of the potential merits of bringing forward a national eye health strategy.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Given the size of England, and the diversity of the health needs of different communities, we believe commissioning needs to be owned and managed locally and do not, therefore, believe there is merit in having a national eye health strategy. However, the Department supports Vision UK, an umbrella organisation for the eye health and sight loss sector, which aims to improve eye health and end sight loss, improve support across eye health and social care services and improve awareness of sight loss.

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