Consultation on changes to primary care ophthalmic services in Wales opens

The consultation is open to responses until 19 June

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A consultation on changes to primary care ophthalmic services in Wales has opened for responses.

The Welsh Government hopes that the consultation will help to guide an increased scope for eye care services in Wales, it said.

The consultation document adds that it will “enable a new system-wide approach for the delivery of ophthalmic services by NHS Wales.”

In the long-term, it is hoped that the changes to eye care services will help to strengthen the support and clinical care that optometrists can give to patients, improve ongoing treatment and care closer to home and in the community, and ensure optometry services in Wales are fit for the future, the document states.

The AOP is strongly encouraging members to respond to the consultation, and will also respond to the proposals with, and on behalf of ,members in Wales.

The association will also be encouraging other interested bodies to join in its response.

Adam Sampson, AOP chief executive, said that it is essential that members get involved in the upcoming activity.

“The Welsh Government consultation maps out proposals for fundamental changes in the way that primary eye care services are provided in Wales. It is therefore vital that members actively engage with the issues raised by the consultation,” he said.

“We will be engaging with members directly across all the key strands of the consultation in order to exert maximum influence on the proposals. In particular, we will want to scrutinise how the proposed new system-wide approach will impact patient voucher values, especially for those more vulnerable groups, and how our members in small independent practice and providing domiciliary services will be impacted by these changes.

Sampson added: “We have already raised concerns about the implications of these and will look for some robust answers from Welsh Government to ensure continuity of eye healthcare in Wales and the best possible service for patients.”  

Responses to the consultation can be submitted online, or by emailing or posting a response form to the Primary Care Division - Audiology and Ophthalmic Policy Branch of the Welsh Government.

Registrants are advised to read the consultation document before submitting responses.

Members with questions should email the AOP policy team.

The consultation will close on 19 June.