Research found that clinics were over stretched and unable to cope.

In a poll of 172 medical staff working in eye clinics, over 80% said their department had insufficient capacity to meet demand, with 37% believing patients are sometimes losing their sight unnecessarily because of delayed treatment, and 4% believe this to be a regular occurance.

Chief executive of the RNIB Lesely-Ann Alexander said the statistics were “shameful”, and continued “ RNIB believes  these shocking results should act as a wake-up call to commissioners and to hospitals. They should be aware that if they do not act soon, they could be at risk of clinical negligence claims.

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