Parliament discusses eye health

Posted: Friday 31 March 2017

Eye health was discussed in parliament, at the end of March, for the first time in nearly seven years. 

The issue was addressed in a 90-minute debate in the House of Commons Chamber, led by MP for Wealden Nusrat Ghani. 

Until Tuesday, eye care had only been discussed for a total of 12 minutes in parliament in 2010. 

Ms Ghani, who chairs an all-party parliamentary group on eye health and vision impairment, called for the government to develop and implement a national eye health strategy in England.

The MP highlighted that there were equivalent national strategies in place for hearing loss and dementia, while eye health strategies were already in place in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

She said: "Eye health must be seen as a public health priority rather than in isolation from wider health and wellbeing issues."

You can view the full debate here