I met with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) in Parliament, where it launched its new report which highlighted that patients were losing their eye sight due to overstretched eye clinics across England.
The figures revealed by the report were disturbing to hear. The fact that 37% of staff working inophthalmology units stated that that patients were often losing their sight unnecessarily due to delayed treatment and follow up care caused by capacity problems. The report also stated that over 80% of staff said their eye departments have insufficient capacity to meet current demand. The problem is likely to worsen with 94% of staff reporting that future capacity will not meet rising demand.
Such findings are of great concern to all of us and it is particularly alarming that individuals are losing their sight due to treatable conditions. The RNIB’s campaign is essential for the eye health care needs of people locally and across the country to be met and taken seriously.