Sunday Post: Sight tests scrapped for blind people claiming lifeline benefit

18 June 2019
Source: Sunday Post

Blind people will no longer be asked to read letters from an eye chart to get a lifeline benefit. Assessments for Personal Independence Payments (PIP) – which are carried out on behalf of the government by a private company – will also be reviewed to make them fairer to people with sight loss. The changes come after The Sunday Post

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Dispensing optician running first marathon to beat macular disease

3 May 2019
Source: Macular Society

A dispensing optician will be running his first ever marathon later this month to help find a cure for the biggest cause of blindness in the UK, after seeing the huge impact it can have on people’s lives. Dylan Russell, who is an assistant manager and dispensing optician at Boots Opticians in Edinburgh, will be taking part in the city’s

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Royal Blind, Vacancy: Policy and Research Officer

8 April 2019
Source: Royal Blind

Services: Scottish War Blinded, Royal Blind Week Job Type: Marketing and Fundraising Location: Royal Blind, 50 Gillespie Crescent, Edinburgh EH10 4JB Salary: £25,948 – £28,725FTE Position: Part Time Hours: 21 hours per week Contact Phone: 0131 229 1456 (Option 1 then Option 2) Closing Date: 14/04/2019 Proposed Interview Date: 22/04/2019 Job Summary Scotland’s largest vision impairment organisation is seeking to

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20’s Plenty for Us: Scottish leaders should prioritise local streets

18 March 2019
Source: 20's plenty for Us

20mph Scotland Poll 72% Support. Policy costs 0.75% of transport budget for 2 years. Leaders should prioritise local streets. Public opinion is for 20mph – 72% and rising. Scotland’s elected leader– Nicola Sturgeon should back a national change to 20mph. The cost is £10m for 2 years – only 0.75% of the total transport budget. Reducing road danger is like

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ABDO: Scots lead the way in UK eye health care

6 March 2019

It’s truly a postcode lottery when it comes to eyecare in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (NI), compared to Scotland which provides national eye care for all, according to the Association of British Dispensing Opticians’ (ABDO) latest research which compares NHS eye care in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. People in England, Wales and NI are only able to

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GOC erases Helensburgh based optometrist

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30 January 2019
Source: General Optical Council

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to erase Malcolm Craig, an optometrist based in Helensburgh, Scotland from its register. He will now be unable to practise as an optometrist in the UK. A GOC Fitness to Practise Committee found his fitness to practise impaired by reason of misconduct relating to the

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Sunday Post: Blind injustice: Experts warn visually impaired are losing lifeline benefit because of incompetent testing

14 January 2019
Source: Sunday Post

Blind people are being denied crucial benefits because the official assessors do not  understand sight loss, experts have warned. A leading charity for the blind and visually impaired has warned assessors lack the specialist knowledge to make informed judgements about whether people should receive Personal Independence Payment (PIP). PIP is a non-means-tested benefit for disabled people who need help with

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Scottish Parliament: Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee Restricted Roads (20 mph Speed Limit) (Scotland) Bill Survey

7 January 2019
Source: Scottish Parliament

A short survey by the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee to gather the views of individuals and organisations on the proposals in the Restricted Roads (20 mph Speed Limit) (Scotland) Bill. Why should I respond? The Restricted Roads (20 mph Speed Limit) (Scotland) Bill would reduce the default speed limit on most urban and residential streets in Scotland

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Optometry Scotlland: Updated GOS terms announced for Scotland. Regulation changes focus on person-centred care

4 October 2018
Source: Optometry Scotland

New terms for General Ophthalmic Services (GOS) came into force in Scotland on 1st October, following negotiations between the Scottish Government and Optometry Scotland. The updates build on the recommendations made in The Community Eyecare Services Review report published in April 2017, more than 10 years after the introduction of free NHSfunded eye examinations in Scotland. The new arrangements give

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The Herald: Anger as opticians in Ayrshire told not to refer patients for second cataracts op to ease waiting times

10 August 2018

Patients in Ayrshire are being refused cataract surgery on a second eye under new restrictions designed to cut waiting times. Opticians are said to be frustrated over the move, which was described as a “false economy” by sight loss campaigners. It is understood that the new rules have been implemented to ease pressure on ophthalmology, amid a shortage of surgeons

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