The Expert Working Group presents this report as invited to do so following dialogue between Optometry
Scotland and the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Jeane Freeman MSP, in December 2019.
This report explores three remit areas which shape the final recommendations below. These remit areas are as follows:
1. Whether the principle of universal NHS-funded eyecare remains the correct approach for The Scottish Government in the delivery of community eyecare services;
2. A review of the performance and maintenance of primary eyecare services within Scottish communities;
3. How primary eyecare services can be enhanced across Scotland.
Within this report, the Expert Working Group has assessed the suitability of the universal policy of NHSfunded eyecare in Scotland, the performance of services across Scotland, prior to and during COVID-19, and how these services can be maintained and enhanced moving forward.