31 May 2019
Source: The Royal College of Ophthalmologists
The Royal College of Ophthalmologists has worked with the BMJ on an investigation into the number of rejected referrals for cataract surgery which shows NHS commissioners are ignoring clinical guidelines by rationing access to cataract surgery. Mike Burdon, president of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, who also chaired NICE’s guideline committee, said that it was his mission before he stepped down as president in a year’s time to convince clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to stop rationing cataract surgery and not to label it a procedure of “limited clinical value.” He said that this approach was “unjustified whatever way you look at it.” He added that it was a false economy for CCGs to apply criteria for cataract surgery as a way to control costs.
Also see read the article on ITV News, ‘NHS refuses twice as many ‘life changing’ cataract operations compared to a year ago‘ where Mike Burdon says “Depriving people unnecessarily of their quality of life is completely unjustified.”