MSP welcomes Scotland’s vision for eyecare

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The SNP MSP for Aberdeenshire West, Dennis Robertson, has today welcomed the news from Cabinet Secretary for Health, Alex Neil MSP, regarding the new plans to introduce an eOphtalmic programme in high street opticians across Scotland.

In an announcement to be made at an RNIB conference in Glasgow, the Cabinet Secretary will outline how the Eye Care Integration programme will be made available in high street opticians soon.

Dennis Robertson, Scotland’s only blind MSP, has been involved in pushing forward an agenda for the improvement of eye care in Scotland, and since being elected has continued to support the work of RNIB Scotland and the Scottish Government who are taking forward this agenda.

Commenting, Dennis Robertson MSP said: “This is a welcome announcement from the Cabinet Secretary which will go a long way to improving eye care, reducing waiting times and ensuring the timely delivery of, what can be, sight-saving treatment.

Eye care is extremely important and I have been involved, through my previous career and since being elected to Parliament, in the improvement of eye care. RNIB Scotland need to be commended for the work that they do in pushing forward such a visionary and ambitious process for improvement.

The Scottish Government and the NHS should be proud to take forward this programme which will help so many people.”

Cabinet Secretary for Health & Wellbeing, Alex Neil said: “This is a great example of NHS Scotland leading the way and pioneering a new referral process for serious eye conditions not yet in place anywhere else in the UK.

“More importantly it dramatically speeds up the process of identifying and treating of eye conditions – in particular those which threaten people’s sight.

“This guide will help optometrists across Scotland connect directly and immediately with other NHS services. It will also remove the dependency on GPs, allowing optometrists to refer patients directly, supporting the Scottish Government strategic commitment to connect all primary care practitioners to the NHS Scotland electronic community.”