Ophthalmic Services

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 11th August 2020.

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Photo of Bambos Charalambous Bambos Charalambous Opposition Whip (Commons), Shadow Minister (Home Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department plans to take to reduce the number of patients who miss their follow up ophthalmology appointments.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Government is actively planning and preparing for the potential impact of COVID-19 infections during winter 2020-21. National COVID-19 planning is in part informed on a reasonable worst case scenario, reflecting current scientific advice.

As the evidence base and scientific understanding evolves, the Government seeks to update planning assumptions, informed by advice and modelling from Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) and its subgroups. In recognition of the importance of transparency in these unprecedented times, SAGE has been publishing minutes and papers on the Government website.

To prepare the National Health Service for winter, the Government is providing an additional £3 billion of funding to the NHS. This includes funding to allow the NHS to maintain the Nightingale surge capacity and continue to use the extra hospital capacity available within the independent sector.

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