Another LOC Director of the CIC and respected member of Croydon LOC supports the story as reported
He says, ” Overall I agree with what has been written. One of the main elements that have been lost is the goodwill of the local practices.
He continued, “Previously the directors of the CIC company were all local practitioners and we had built up a great working relationship with all the other local optom practices. We would pre COVID visit all the practices and if there were any issues we were available to help answer questions and resolve issues.
Now we all feel we are part of a multi national scheme with no local input or say if how the service goes forward. Where previously we were proud of running a local service for the good of local patients this has been lost.
During the lockdown when Moorfields effectively were not seeing any patients locally F2F several COS practices were seeing a lot of their patients on their behalf and it is difficult to see how they would have managed locally without our help and apart from some individual feedback from a couple of consultants there has been no feedback or thanks and effectively a few months after this they took the service away from the people who have been running it for he last 7 years without giving any reason why.
We have still received no explanation or viewpoint from Primary Eyecare Services Ltd. Perhaps this is an opportunity for LOCSU to make a comment on what has happened and their response to the resignation and fund levy withdrawal by Croydon LOC last week?
Others who continue to fund them will be seeking answers