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FODO Spring Statement briefing – 13 March 2019

This update highlights key issues in the Chancellor’s is Spring Statement 13 March 2019. The Spring Statement does not include major tax or spending changes – these are made in the Budget (usually in the autumn). With UK economic growth now at its lowest for 10 years, forecast growth for

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The Future of Optical Regulation in Ireland

The next two weeks will see important elections to the Optical Registration Board in Ireland. Optician interviews Peter McGrath about his vision for the future.   Tell us a bit about yourself and how you became interested in optical regulation? I studied at the University of Manchester and qualified as

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FODO ANNOUNCES NEW STRUCTURE AND FIRST-EVER MANAGING DIRECTOR

In response to growing membership across its eye and hearing care businesses FODO has announced a new company structure and the appointment of Harjit Sandhu as its first-ever Managing Director. Harjit, who was previously Director of Policy and Strategy at the National Community Hearing Association (NCHA), will now run the

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FODO leads the way on optical insurance and defence

FODO chief executive David Hewlett describes the key elements of optical insurance and defence as the optical body takes measures to increase its indemnity cover. As reported last week, FODO has kicked off the New Year by informing their members that, from this month, they will benefit from a doubling

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NHS Long Term Plan

FODO has welcomed the NHS long term plan (published 7 January 2019).  It does not directly impact on GOS (with the possible exception of service to care homes) and there is much that community optics, ophthalmology and hearing services can get behind: reforming outpatients and moving care out of hospitals

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Medical devices in the news

Over the last few days there has been a lot of coverage in the media – including Panorama on BBC1 on Monday 26 November – about how medical devices are poorly regulated and the danger they pose to patients. This story is being pursued by journalists in a large number

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FODO RESPONDS TO AUTUMN BUDGET 2018

In his Budget statement on Monday 29 October the Chancellor, Philip Hammond declared the “the era of austerity is finally coming to an end” reflecting what the Prime Minister had told the Conservative Party Conference on 3 October. It was also the pre-Brexit budget but may need to be revised

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