Optical Confederation response to the General Election Manifestos

19 May 2017

The Optical Confederation welcomes the priority given to health in all party manifestos.  The need to modernise and deliver more care outside hospital and closer to home to meet the growing health care needs is urgent and now long overdue. This needs to be driven forward with vigour if the NHS is to meet the nation’s needs, even with increased resources.

Nowhere is this more urgent than in eye care where 20 people a month are needlessly losing their sight because of hospital pressures, and shifting services out-of-hospital and improving quality of life have not been prioritised by any of the political leaders yet.