The Royal National Institute of Blind people (RNIB) has warned the NHS that they are failing patients with deteriorating eyesight. The number of patients requiring treatment on their eyesight is ever increasing due to an ageing population and new treatments becoming available – the NHS is failing to cope with the increased numbers says the charity.
Almost two million people in this country are registered blind or partially sighted and this is set to increase significantly as people live longer. Deteriorating eyesight is almost universal in the elderly. Blindness is one of the most feared medical conditions and the RNIB say it is “shameful“ that more people are suffering due to delays in treatment. They have asked for an urgent inquiry. A survey of NHS clinics showed that 80% thought their unit wasn’t coping with current demand and that 94% thought they couldn’t cope with any further increase in demand.
Naomi Eady, Clinical Negligence solicitor at Thompson Smith and Puxon (TSP) says “eye care seems to be an under-resourced part of the health care system compared to cancer treatment, for example, as it’s seen as part of the natural ageing process and not given the funding it clearly needs.”
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