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Eyesight tests through the national health service in England 2017-18, by eligibility

Distribution of national health service (NHS) sight tests in England from 2016/2017 to 2017/2018, by eligibility

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Release date

July 2018


United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

April 2006 to March 2018

Supplementary notes

The source adds the following information: "Patients may qualify for an NHS sight test on more than one criterion. However, they would only be recorded against one criterion on the form. Patients are more likely to be recorded according to their clinical need rather than their age."
* Income Support includes patients receiving Pension Credit Guarantee Credit (PCGC) and also Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), which was introduced in October 2008.
** Job Seekers Allowance
*** Universal credit is replacing 6 existing benefits.

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