South Scotland MSP Emma Harper paid a visit to Specsavers in Stranraer on Friday 17th January to meet staff and hear about the latest work they are doing to promote the take up of NHS funded eye examination, see the new 3D scanning facility and to discuss the importance of good eye health.
At the meeting Ms Harper, Deputy Convenor of Holyrood’s Health Committee, met Prescribing Optometrist, Elaine Hawthorn and Chair of Optometry Scotland, David Quigley.
During the constituency visit, Ms Harper heard how optometry is not currently recognised as an Allied Health Profession which would help better partnership working with the NHS and so is now contacting the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Jeane Freeman MSP to encourage more connectivity between optometrists and the wider NHS.
Following the practice visit, Ms Harper posted a twitter video to thank Optometrists for the work that they do in Scotland;
Chair of Optometry Scotland David Quigley;
“We would like to thank Emma Harper MSP for an informative and fruitful discussion on Friday. The role of primary eyecare is becoming increasingly important in retaining patients within the community and reducing the number of unnecessary visits to secondary care services.
“Ongoing training and technology will pay dividends in efficiency and in stemming the rising tide of chronic eye disease within our rapidly ageing population. Our members and colleagues greatly appreciate the ongoing relationship with the Scottish Government and continue to emphasise the need for greater investment in order to meet the opportunities for optometry in primary care.”
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