Health minister accepts Optical Sector invitation to 100% Optical

29 January 2016

Health minister Alistair Burt is to attend 100% Optical following an invitation by the Optical Confederation.

The announcement comes just one month after sector leaders met with the minister for talks at the Department of Health in December.

Welcoming the news, Optical Confederation Chairman, Chris Hunt said: “It was only last month, during our meeting with Alistair Burt, that he expressed a desire to engage more closely with the sector. It is, therefore, a great compliment to the sector that he has so generously and speedily sought to make good on that commitment by accepting the Confederations invitation to 100% Optical. Full credit must go to our Public Affairs team who work tirelessly to open these key channels of communication with government.”

The minister’s address at 100% Optical will take place at 12pm on Saturday 6 February 2016 on the main stage as part of the session “Unleashing Local Energies - the Future of Primary Care and the NHS”, which is hosted by Katrina Venerus of LOCSU. Follow the link above to book a place on the session.

Commenting on the confirmation of Mr Burt’s attendance at 100% Optical, Katrina Venerus said: “Mr Burt welcomed the fact in our meeting in December that optometrists and opticians are well positioned to play a wider role in transforming health delivery with other primary care professionals.

“I would urge delegates to come to the session 100% Optical to hear the minister’s views on how optics can play a part in the future NHS.”

To register for the event, visit the 100% Optical website. One CET point is available.

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