NHS consults on proposal to stop publishing GOS data

Statistics that would no longer be published under the plan include the number of NHS-funded sight tests carried out each year and the number of ophthalmic practitioners


NHS Digital is consulting on plans to stop publishing General Ophthalmic Services (GOS) workforce and activity data.

Statistics that would no longer be published if the proposal went ahead include the annual tally of registered ophthalmic practitioners and NHS-funded sight tests in England and Wales.

The consultation launched on 18 October and closes on 29 November.

A statement on the NHS Digital website highlighted that there appears to be “limited demand” for GOS data.

“These data collections have not been reviewed in over 10 years and NHS Digital have doubts over whether these data remain relevant and have enough use to justify their continued collection and publication,” the statement noted.

“Of the 90 publication series released by NHS Digital, the GOS workforce publication series has the lowest number of downloads and second lowest number of page views,” NHS Digital added.

There were 154 unique views of the 2018 GOS workforce statistics following publication in March this year, while the GOS activity statistics received 160 unique views after publication in August.

NHS Digital stated that there were data quality concerns associated with both the GOS workforce and activity reports.

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