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Philip Dunne MP responds to Parliamentary question on refractive surgery

13 September 2016

On 2 September, Mrs Theresa Villiers, MP for Chipping Barnet raised the following question in Parliament, ‘What steps he [Mr Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health] is taking to ensure high quality care is provided in the refractive eye surgery sector’.

The response was given by Mr Philip Dunne, Minister of State (Department of Health), which can be viewed here.

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists was mentioned in the response by Mr Dunne, ‘As the professional body for setting the standards of practice for refractive procedures, The Royal College of Ophthalmologists are leading on work to improve the delivery, safety and standards for patient information for laser eye surgery. The GMC expect a doctor to be up to date with the latest medical guidance, including any new guidance published by the Royal College of Ophthalmologists on laser eye surgery.’

The RCOphth’s Refractive Surgery Standards Working Group (RSSWG) has published the Professional Standards in Refractive Surgery consultation document. Deadline for comments is 5 October 2016. Visit the College website for further information.