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Health: Optometrists

Volume 694: debated on Thursday 26 July 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they plan to redress any imbalances in payments to optometrists for eye examinations in England, compared with those made in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. [HL4886]

The fee for National Health Service sight tests is subject to negotiations with the relevant professional representative bodies. The fee for 2007-08 will be announced once these negotiations are concluded. The sight test fee is the same in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Under devolved arrangements in Scotland, there is a differently defined eye examination for which different fee arrangements are in place and Wales has a separate eye examination for groups vulnerable to eye disease and those with acute conditions.