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  • UK Campaign re Legislation for Refractive Eye Surgery

    Please support the campaign for the UK Government to introduce legislation for Refractive Eye Surgery.

    I urge any UK resident to read the HM Government e-petition, & sign if in agreement.

    http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/28629

    The majority of people choosing to have refractive eye surgery are satisfied with the results, but unfortunately thousands more suffer adverse results and serious complications, including blindness.

    It is estimated that 1 in 5 people will have unsuccessful results: that means for every 100,000 patients treated, at least 20,000 are likely to experience problems.

    Statistics for patients left suffering with dry eyes, starbursts, etc... are not disclosed, but known to be far higher than clinics will admit.

    High street clinics are run as businesses & make massive profits. "Half price" & heavily discounted offers are only possible because they allow low paid office staff to perform eye tests, usually conducted by higher paid Optometrists.

    Consultations are with an Optometrist, similarly saving higher payments to an Ophthalmic Surgeon.

    In fact, the patient will not meet the surgeon until the day of surgery, shortly before the procedure. The surgeon generally has a high patient list to push through each day, paid on a commission basis, so little time to waste talking with the patient.

    Worryingly:
    1. There is no Government legislation for refractive eye surgery and clinics are self policed.

    2. Other than being a doctor, no specialist qualifications are legally required to carry out refractive eye surgery.

    3. Details of clinical incidents, errors and near misses performed by individual surgeons are not provided: negligent surgeons move from clinic to clinic, continuing to operate on uninformed patients.

    4. Following adverse results, ALL high street clinics refer numerous patients to eye hospitals for repairs. These referrals are paid for by the clinic responsible, usually conditional on the patient signing a 'gagging' order, a confidentiality agreement preventing them from discussing details publicly.

    5. Many people are left traumatised, suffering with depression & PTSD.

    Legislation would force clinics to publish accurate statistics, providing the public with detailed information.

    100,000 signatures are needed for an automatic hearing in Parliament, but with media coverage, support from MPs, and public pressure, it's hoped legislation will be discussed before then.

    If you would like more information please send a PM.

    Thank you for your support.

    http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/28629
    Last edited by Schmoopie; 25-Feb-2012, 16:30.

  • #2
    Not in UK, so I can't sign it, but just wanting to bump this up so people see it If you agree with the petition, please share a link to it on Facebook, Twitter, or wherever else you can so word gets out about it!
    Yet another post-Lasik (2005)...
    Anyone have a time machine so I can go back and undo this mess?

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    • #3
      I would LOVE to sign your petition, but I'm not in the UK. Somewhere out there, there must be someone who has had lasik, who is able to speak out publicly against lasik.

      The 'lasik risk' awareness campaign really needs to get some high profile people on board. I would make thorough use of the social media that SAAG has suggested. Get friends, relatives and coworkers to 'tweet' a celebrity to support your cause. Social media is a great resource!! Create an effective You tube video that highlights some of the risks associated with lasik. Send the video to as many people as you can. At some point it will make an impression with someone who can publicly raise the 'lasik risk' awareness.

      Thank you and best of luck!

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      • #4
        I'd love to see the bullcrap of the lasik industry downplaying the real risks to people, or outright lying about it come to an end. People are not being given the opportunity to give truly informed consent and this has to stop. The unlucky ones who end up with un-fixable complications are left to fend for themselves, and it's made worse by the public's assumption that we MUST have known this could happen therefore we have no right to complain about it. WE DID NOT KNOW. In many cases (and probably most) WE WERE TOLD THIS COULD NOT HAPPEN and dry eye was a minor potential issue that would most certainly resolve with time. This is SO wrong!

        Hoping your petition gets some attention!
        Yet another post-Lasik (2005)...
        Anyone have a time machine so I can go back and undo this mess?

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        • #5
          http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar...gery-safe.html Useful Daily Mail article, Sun 26 Feb 2012. Let's hope the ball is rolling. Come on, UK, let's get this legislation sorted.
          Paediatric ocular rosacea ~ primum non nocere

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          • #6
            signed - good luck
            The magic gloop IS out there somewhere - right?

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            • #7
              Thanks for your support...

              'London Tonight' on ITN Monday 5 March, & SKY News to follow!

              Pls send PM for more info... xx

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Schmoopie View Post
                'London Tonight' on ITN Monday 5 March, & SKY News to follow!

                Pls send PM for more info... xx
                Awesome news!
                Yet another post-Lasik (2005)...
                Anyone have a time machine so I can go back and undo this mess?

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                • #9
                  Even better news! Received today from MP supporting campaign:
                  "I will table a few Parliamentary questions next week. Let me have any ideas you have for further questions."

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                  • #10
                    Wow ~ groundbreaking. This battle + cosmetic surgery NHS/private will change the law and save the UK health system. Perfect timing.

                    Very much looking forward to patient compensation + investigation of clinical standards and trading practices + NHS retrieving costs from the for-profit sector.

                    (Schmoopie, A Lot of people read this forum and never post, inc docs; it is very high in google.)
                    Paediatric ocular rosacea ~ primum non nocere

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                    • #11
                      Signed. Hopefully will help other people in the long run.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Schmoopie View Post
                        Thanks for your support...

                        'London Tonight' on ITN Monday 5 March, & SKY News to follow!

                        Pls send PM for more info... xx
                        London Tonight unfortunately postponed due to weekend news

                        Will update when I have more info... xx

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                        • #13
                          Great news (have just opened champagne)

                          Today, John Mc Donnell MP tabled Qs in Parliament to the Secretary of State for Health

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                          • #14
                            BBC1 London News interview this evening - more to follow!
                            If you missed it, watch on BBC iplayer, or contact me for link.

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                            • #15
                              Really proud of you for pursuing this extremely important ground-breaking legislation. If liability for subsequent treatment is not established exactly at this point in NHS reform after treatment gone wrong between private provider, NHS contracted independent provider, and NHS hospital service providers, we are permanently stuffed in this country until the medico-legal boys get in the scrum pursuing independent cases. And that will be madness and a huge mistake.

                              I am pursuing the patients'/doctors' right of access to medical records, and sharing/transfer between providers. Unless this is enshrined in law they won't do it. Currently all hospitals have different practice on this. We've even seen consultants who don't keep notes or write to other doctors about the patient. It's obvious why. There is already a total absence of coordination between different parts of the same patient. I feel I need a lawyer at every consultation. This is for a child...

                              Thanks so much for continuing and for keeping us updated. Following this with great concern.
                              Paediatric ocular rosacea ~ primum non nocere

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