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Eyesight: Testing

Volume 467: debated on Tuesday 13 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many pensioners in Huddersfield have had free eye tests since 1 April 1999. (162165)

The information is not available in the format requested. Information on persons aged 60 and over will be available at primary care trust level in the publication “General Ophthalmic Services: Activity Statistics for England and Wales: April 2007-September 2007”. This will be published by March 2008.

The total number of national health service sight tests paid for in England for persons aged 60 and over for the years ending 31 March 2005-07 are included in the following table. These are taken from reports published by the Information Centre for health and social care (IC) and are counts of patients who cited their age as being 60 or over as the reason for being entitled to a free eye test. Information for the year ending 31 March 2005 is the earliest data published by the IC.

Total number of NHS sight tests paid for in England for persons aged 60 and over in the specified years ending 31 March

Number

2005

4,303,128

2006

4,450,007

2007

4,518,672

Source:

The Information Centre for health and social care

The 2007 report “General Ophthalmic Services: Activity Statistics for England and Wales year ending 31 March 2006” is available in the Library. The 2005 and 2006 reports, “General Ophthalmic Services: Activity Statistics for England and Wales October 2004—March 2005 and year ending 31 March 2005”, are available in the Library.