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National Health Service Sight Test Charges

EDM number 728 in 1990-91, proposed by Ronnie Fearn on 22/04/1991.

That this House expresses its concern that two years after the introduction of NHS sight charges there is evidence to show that the instance of eye disease is on the increase among pensioners; notes that all surveys conducted during the two year period since the introduction of charges have indicated a significant decrease in the number of people having eye tests; further notes that the ophthalmic profession advises people to have their eyes tested at least every two years or sooner if there is a sudden deterioration in sight; recognises that eye diseases such as glaucoma can be controlled if detected early and that sight loss can be prevented; and calls on the Government to conduct a thorough review of NHS sight charges with a view to their abolition and in the meantime, as a matter or urgency, to include all pensioners in the category of groups eligible for exemption from fees.

This motion has been signed by a total of 29 MPs.

Ronnie Fearn22/04/1991SouthportProposed
Geraint Howells22/04/1991Ceredigion and Pembroke NorthSigned
Charles Kennedy22/04/1991Ross and Cromarty and SkyeSigned
Archy Kirkwood22/04/1991Roxburgh & BerwickshireSigned
Menzies Campbell22/04/1991Fife North EastSigned
Matthew Taylor22/04/1991TruroSigned
Lawrence Cunliffe23/04/1991LeighSigned
Jim Wallace25/04/1991Orkney & ShetlandSigned
Tommy Graham26/04/1991Renfrew West and InverclydeSigned
Peter Hardy29/04/1991WentworthSigned
Russell Johnston29/04/1991Inverness, Nairn and LochaberSigned
John Cummings29/04/1991EasingtonSigned
Tony Lloyd30/04/1991StretfordSigned
Ray Michie01/05/1991Argyll & ButeSigned
Jack Thompson01/05/1991WansbeckSigned
David Steel01/05/1991Tweeddale, Ettrick and LauderdaleSigned
Richard Livsey01/05/1991Brecon and RadnorSigned
Alan Beith08/05/1991Berwick-upon-TweedSigned
Ieuan Wyn Jones09/05/1991Ynys MSigned
Alex Carlile10/05/1991MontgomerySigned
Malcolm Bruce13/05/1991GordonSigned
Michael Carr13/05/1991Ribble ValleySigned
David Alton13/05/1991Liverpool Mossley HillSigned
David Lambie16/05/1991Cunninghame SouthSigned
Dafydd Wigley03/06/1991CaernarfonSigned
Simon Hughes11/06/1991Southwark and BermondseySigned
William McCrea13/06/1991Mid UlsterSigned
Cecil Walker20/06/1991Belfast NorthSigned
Frank Cook25/06/1991Stockton NorthSigned

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