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2021 Spending Review presents an opportunity for long term investment in NHS and eye care services

Oct 25

RCOphth President Professor Bernie Chang assesses what we need to see from this week’s Comprehensive Spending Review and Autumn Budget to support a sustainable eye care service in the coming years. Every three to four years the Chancellor conducts a Comprehensive Spending Review, where funding for government departments in England and the devolved administrations is

  • 25 October 2021

Praise for the resilience shown by Ophthalmologists in training during the pandemic  

Sep 10

As 240 new Fellows were welcomed to The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) today, President Bernie Chang paid tribute to their resilience in pursuing their training whilst also stepping up to care for patients and support NHS colleagues during the pandemic.   At the annual RCOphth Admissions Ceremony today, diplomas were presented to doctors who have successfully passed the prestigious FRCOphth

  • 10 September 2021

The National Eye Care Recovery and Transformation (NECRT) Programme: A message from President Bernie Chang

Jun 04

Our efforts to raise the profile of ophthalmology have begun to bear fruit. The 2021/22 Priorities and Operational Planning Guidance published in March by NHS England and NHS Improvement has for the first time prioritised eyecare services along with cardiac and musculoskeletal services. Ophthalmology clinicians involved in the programmes This work is being driven through

  • 4 June 2021

A message from the President at the start third national lockdown

Jan 06

Dear colleagues As we enter into 2021, there is some light of optimism and hope at the end of what has been for many a long dark tunnel. Optimism that despite the serious challenges to maintaining eye care services that a third national lockdown presents, we have the guidance and knowledge, learnt in the first

  • 6 January 2021

RCOphth President reacts to the general election

Dec 18

Responding to the outcome of the recent general election, RCOphth President Mike Burdon said:   “The NHS and its workforce have been a key issue in this election, with the governments mandate secured by promising to invest in the workforce and address capacity issues in hospitals, the college will hold the government to account on their

  • 18 December 2019