20 September 2018
Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething, has an announced a £4m investment as part of measures to transform eye care services across Wales.
Speaking at the All Wales National Eye Care Conference in Cardiff today (17 September) Mr Gething said the money will transform services to ensure patients are diagnosed and treated more quickly.
Decisions about exactly how the £4m will be allocated will be taken by the Welsh Government following advice from an independent panel and could potentially include the expansion of existing community based treatment centres, additional training for medical staff to treat a greater range of patients and other activities to support sustainable services.
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RNIB Cymru’s Director Ansley Workman said:
“We welcome Welsh Government’s announcement of funding to improve eye care for people living in Wales.
“People on eye clinic waiting lists continue to tell us that their appointments are being cancelled at exceptionally short notice. Delays to their treatment can put people at risk of irreversible sight loss.
“This has to change. No one should lose their sight because of treatable conditions. We hope that Welsh Government’s commitment to improving eye care will lead to a sustainable positive impact for people living with sight loss.”