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Vision Tests (Children)

Volume 959: debated on Wednesday 29 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what proportion of children receive at least one adequate vision test before reaching school age.

I regret that the information is not available but the recommendation in the report of the Vernon committee on the education of the visually handicapped—1972—that all children should be screened for visual handicap at child health clinics was drawn to the attention of all health authorities in 1974.In the first year of life virtually all children are seen at home by health visitors and over 90 per cent, attend

NUMBERS OF PATIENTS ON IN-PATIENT WAITING LISTS AT 24TH NOVEMBER 1978
Sandwell AHAWest Bromwich and DistrictGeneral Surgery416
Orthopaedic165
Ophthalmology17
Dental Surgery13
HallamGeneral Surgery450
Ear, Nose and Throat305
Gynaecology55
Heath Lane, Stallings Lane and MoxleyGeriatric40
Midland CentreNeurology126*
Neurosurgery79*
Psycho-geriatric services are provided at All Saints, West Birmingham by the AHA(T).
Dudley AHAGuestGeneral Surgery411
Orthopaedic76
Gynaecology225
CorbettGeneral Surgery593
Orthopaedic263
Ophthalmology31
Ear, Nose and Throat101
WordsleyGeneral Surgery871
Orthopaedic632
Gynaecology348
Plastic Surgery1,889*
Dental Surgery371*
Dermatology7
Hayley GreenGeriatric7
Burton RoadGeriatric/Psycho-Geriatric24
PrestwoodGeriatric33
*Services provided to other areas within the region.