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General Ophthalmic Services Activity Statistics England, year ending 31 March 2020
25 Jun 2020
01 Apr 2019 to 31 Mar 2020
This report presents summary information about GOS activity in England for the financial year 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020, and time series from 2002-03.
Prior to the 2017-18 release, this publication was released with additional breakdowns in the data. Any breakdowns regarding eligibility (over 60, JSA, etc.) have been removed due to issues with the accuracy, which made these figures potentially misleading. Any breakdowns to do with geographical area have also been removed as it was not possible to accurately assign sight tests to each area, which made these figures misleading.
The number of NHS-funded sight tests carried out was 13,355,060 an increase of 1.0% from 2018-19 and of 38.2% since 2002-03
3.5% of all NHS-funded sight tests were domiciliary
vouchers for repair or replacement were used 3.1% increase since 2018-19
Optometrists conducted over 99.9% of all NHS funded sight tests