HC Deb 18 May 2004 vol 421 c957W
Mr. Cummings

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many senior citizens took advantage of free eye tests in the area covered by the Easington Primary Care Trust in(a) 2002 and (b) 2003. [170120]

Miss Melanie Johnson

Figures for the number of sight tests by primary care trust (PCT) are not available for the years 2002 and 2003. PCTs took over the responsibilities of health authorities in England from October 2002. Data are collected by eligibility as opposed to numbers of senior citizens.

In 2002–03 the total number of national health service sight tests paid for patients aged 60 and over in the Co. Durham and Tees Valley Strategic Health Authority (SHA) for the year 2002–03 was 92,430. The total eligible for a free sight test for those aged 60 and over was 243,770. The total number of NHS sight tests paid for by the SHA in 2002–03 was 225,350

Sight tests can not be equated to the numbers of patients.