BBC: Blindness: Wales’ eye care waiting times risk sight loss

12 June 2019
Source: BBC News

Almost 35,000 people at risk of permanent sight loss are waiting too long for eye care, BBC news logoaccording to new statistics from the Welsh Government.

It has introduced a new target aimed at prioritising the most urgent patients and preventing those with treatable conditions losing their sight.

The figures mean almost 35% of all patients in the highest risk category waited longer than the target time.

No health board met the target to see 95% of the most serious cases on time.
The worst-performing health board was Cardiff and the Vale where 48.6% of patients at risk of irreversible sight loss waited longer.

RNIB Cymru described the figures as “extremely worrying” but welcomed the publication of the new measure as a “turning point” in understanding the delays eye care patients face.

The Welsh Government is giving health boards more than £10m to improve eye care services.

Read the full story on the BBC News Wales website


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