Thank you for supporting our petition to stop needless sight loss, which was handed over to Number 10 Downing Street by Macular Society volunteers Chris Thorley and Elaine Shaw.
Chris was forced to invade the headquarters of his local healthcare commissioners when he experienced delays to treatment. He had waited more than nine months for urgent treatment. He will never regain the sight he has lost while he waited.
Cathy Yelf, chief executive of the Macular Society, has written to health secretary Jeremy Hunt and the chief executives of NICE and NHS England about Chris' situation.
She said: “It is very distressing for patients to be in this position and when patients go untreated for many months they inevitably suffer irreversible sight loss.”
Elaine, who was refused an alternative treatment when the one she was receiving stopped working, said: “I felt absolute shock and disbelief. The implications are that if they stop treating you, you will lose your sight.”
The petition calls on the Department of Health to put a stop to avoidable sight loss.
But we still need to do more.