President writes to new Health Secretary

  • 29 Nov 2023
  • RCOphth

College President Ben Burton has contacted the new Secretary of State for Health, Victoria Atkins MP, to congratulate her on her recent appointment and to highlight our priorities for UK ophthalmology services. 

In his letter, Ben welcomed the Secretary of State’s commitment to prioritising tackling patient backlogs, and urged her to deliver on plans to expand the number of specialty training places, including ophthalmology; reform commissioning to ensure independent sector providers can effectively support NHS ophthalmology services’; and to invest in relevant digital systems. 

He told her that he looks forward to ‘working together to tackle both immediate and future challenges across NHS eye care services’.