We Are Primary Care report in the media

17 July 2014

The Optical Confederation and LOCSU have collaborated with organisations from across primary care on a report to reinforce the message that the NHS will not be sustainable unless we use all of its primary care resources fully and appropriately.
The new cross-sector paper, We Are Primary Care, launched today, has attracted significant media coverage including The Independent (in print and online) and is backed up by a letter to The Times. The report, led by Pharmacy Voice, has contributions from the NHS Alliance, the Optical Confederation and the National Community Hearing Association.
The paper urges the public and policy makers to look beyond general practice as the only alternative to hospital care. It argues that the political drive to address NHS pressures by taking care out of hospital and into the community can only be successful if people have a clear understanding that GPs are not always the most appropriate first contact. 
Katrina Venerus, managing director of LOCSU, on behalf of the Optical Confederation, said: “The NHS must recognise and utilise the skills and expertise available across the whole of primary care if it is to meet the health needs of an ageing population in times of financial constraint.
"Community optical practices already play a key role in providing accessible sight tests to the population, however, optometrists and opticians can make a much greater contribution by delivering a range of community eye health services and other health messages. We know that attendance at hospital eye clinics accounts for 9% of all outpatient visits but many of these patients could be seen by optometrists in primary care if community services were more widely commissioned.”

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