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OS Press Release on GOS fee increase

Optometry Scotland are pleased to confirm that we have negotiated an interim fee increase for 2017/18.

The fee paid for Supplementary examinations will increase to £24.50 backdated to 1st April 2017.

In addition the CET allowance for board listed independent prescribing optometrists will rise to £817 compared to £545 for non-prescribers. More detailshave published a Press Release on “General Ophthalmic Services Fee Increase" on 1st June 2017.

Shona Robison, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport said “This investment supports the recommendations of the recent Community Eyecare Review and is a clear demonstration to the optometry profession of the importance we place on their work as key providers of community healthcare - – particularly in helping us to deliver free eye examinations”.

Members of the Optometry Scotland GOS committee have been in discussion with Scottish Government over the last few months and welcome the recognition from SGHD that the Supplementary Examination fee is the highest priority for investment in the year ahead.
In July more substantive talks will begin on the fees and structure of GOS in light of the recommendations from the Community Eyecare Services Review with a target implementation date of April 2018.

Samantha Watson Chair of Optometry Scotland said ‘This interim fee increase is an important signal to the profession of Scottish Government’s commitment to investment in community eye health. Delivering the recommendations of the Community Eyecare Review depends on the support and commitment of community optometrists and dispensing opticians. We look forward to the development of a fee structure that recognises the outstanding contribution community optometrists and dispensing opticians are making to deliver world class eye care for every community in Scotland.’

Following representation by Optometry Scotland we are also pleased to announce that charging for the submission of paper GOS claims has been postponed for the financial year 17/18. OS will maintain its position that the timeframe for transition to electronic submissions remains unrealistic and will continue to press for further enhancements to the web form being made before considering whether future charges should be applied.