The Welsh Government has set out a new performance measure, along with a £10m investment to transform eye care in Wales.
The Welsh Government has announced that it will fund health boards with an additional £10m to invest in new ways of delivering eye care services and technology. It hopes that the new measure will help ensure those at highest risk of eye disease get important treatment and care.
The Minister for Health Vaughan Gething made the announcement saying:
“Currently nearly 111,000 people in Wales are living with sight loss and this is predicted to double by 2050. Improving access and speeding up diagnosis are vital to ensure eye care services are fit for the future.
“We don’t want people to risk their sight by having to wait a long time for a follow-up appointment after having their initial assessment. This is why we are introducing the new performance measure together with £10m funding to transform the way we deliver eye care.”
According to the Welsh Government, Wales is the first UK nation to introduce this kind of measure for eye care patients.
Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) Cymru [Wales] Director Ansley Workman has also welcomed this announcement saying:
“We will now have data available showing the number of people who are waiting too long and allow us to see the true scale of the challenges we face. This is a major step forward for Health Boards. It is only through real transformation of our eye care services and commitment to the new measures will we be able to stop people with treatable conditions losing their sight unnecessarily.”