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In January 2012 I launched My Beautiful Eyes Campaign, calling for the UK government to regulate the refractive eye surgery industry.
This resulted in a surprisingly high number of people asking for my advice, and so I set up MBE Foundation, a patient advocacy service...
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Why Theresa May needs to go! 01 Jun 2017 09:38 #11

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Given that Tories have been in power for past 7 years and the issues regarding eye surgery have been repeatedly looked over by all their health ministers, either through ignorance or for being under pressure from the eye surgery/medical/pharmaceutical industry, we should all contact our prospective MPs and demand they pledge to take the eye surgery regulation seriously. Indeed, they would actively participate in having these matters discussed in The House and pressurise the government to take action against rogue eye surgery industry.

Why Theresa May needs to go! 31 May 2017 17:52 #12

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On 25 October 2013, Ashley B and I both wrote to Theresa Villiers asking her to contact Theresa May on our behalf, to request her permission as Home Secretary to allow Ashley's occupation as a PCSO to be disclosed when John McDonnell presented his Bill in parliament (20 November 2013) calling for regulation of refractive eye surgery.

We had both written to May directly, but were advised this had to be done via our local MP :kiss:

From Ashley B (irrelevancies edited out)...

"Dear Mrs Villiers,

The reason for my letter today regards Laser Eye Surgery and it's effects on Public Services, in my case policing. This also affects airline pilots and others in roles of responsibility for human safety.

I have been actively protesting and supporting the [My Beautiful Eyes] campaign started by Sasha Rodoy which will hopefully bring legislation to companies like Optimax and Optical Express to prevent them damaging people's lives. I also have www.optimaxruinedmylife.com website. I have been cleared by a sergeant to use my full name as this is my private life.

This is a request that my occupation can be mentioned. I will not do this without [your] authority as it could place my [7 yrs] employment as a Police Community Support Officer at risk.

There are many police officers who have had this procedure that I know of personally, and the following will highlight a massive issue that these companies brush under the carpet and do not explain to unsuspecting customers.

Recently a colleague at my local station received a call from a friend in desperation. The male friend in his mid twenties said that he had been stopped by traffic police who noted that he had code '01’ on his driving licence [indicating eyesight correction with glasses/contact lenses].

Asked why he was not wearing glasses the young man replied that he had laser eye surgery and did not need to wear them. The officers then checked his eyesight which was not to a satisfactory standard.

[As well as] not being able to read a car number plate at distance he was told he would be summoned to court for not driving in accordance with his driving license conditions.

The horrifying truth is that there are 1000s of people driving vehicles in the UK with the ’01' code, including police, fire, and ambulance drivers, who have had this procedure without changing the code on their license. I am sure the DVLA would be shocked if they knew the actual figures.

Another reason for my request is because my intention to apply to become a police officer [as an emergency response driver] has not been possible since I had this surgery in 2011 because of the state my eyes are in.

I believe it would be in [everyone’s] best interests that Mrs Theresa May give permission to allow my occupation to be mentioned on the 20/11/2013.
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My letter was along similar lines…

"Given that Optical Express and Optimax/Ultralase control 90% of the refractive eye surgery industry it would be negligent to permit Optimax to be excluded from sharing the anticipated media spotlight with OE and surely in everyone's interests that Ashley B is permitted to highlight the fact that the same thing could - and does - happen to anyone choosing to undergo elective eye surgery.

I believe it vitally important that Ashley is allowed to tell how debilitating results of laser eye surgery negatively affected his life and destroyed his chances of furthering a career in the police force, to warn others that they face the same risks.

I launched 'My Beautiful Eyes' free advisory service more than a year ago and now help horrifying high numbers of people damaged by eye surgery from all walks of life. This includes police officers and airline pilots, some struggling to continue working, an obvious danger to those relying on them.

Others had no choice but to leave their jobs and now live on benefits - whilst the NHS care for those unable to afford further private treatment with no help from the company responsible (financial cost to the country)
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Theresa May’s response was disappointing to say the least - and short sighted considering the numbers of police officers who have since contacted me with damaged eyes!




More importantly, nearly four years later - with the government having done their utmost to avoid me, and pretend this scandal doesn’t exist - I read Mrs May's letter with fresh eyes (if only!).

Did 'PC Dan' get permission from the Home Secretary to appear on Britain’s Got Talent I wonder...

If you are undecided, or don't intend to vote next week, PLEASE support My Beautiful Eyes - vote Labour!

PS: In due course I will publish a transcript of a meeting I recorded on Saturday 17 November 2012, during which Russell Ambrose made a fascinating suggestion to Ashley that he find a way to get him through his police eye test so he could become a 999 emergency response driver - regardless of his damaged vision!
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URGENT! 09 May 2017 12:05 #13

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URGENT :kiss:
To anyone who has photos of Alejandro Vila and Seb Corbyn speaking at BED - please contact me immediately!
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Helath Minister Philip Dunne 13 Mar 2017 18:20 #14

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Déjà vu :kiss:



Health Minister Philip Dumb Dunne regurgitates the same bullsh*t as his predecessors Dan Poulter and Ben Dumber Gummer!

The CQC, GMC, RCO, do not/cannot help damaged patients - nor do anything to stop them being damaged! Only government regulation can help with that!

Perhaps Dunne can explain exactly how the new standards introduced by the CQC in 2015 are helping protect patients, because I can give him an ongoing list of patients operated on and damaged since then!

And how does he suppose the new RCO standards (unenforceable) will help protect patients?

While the GMC purport to 'investigate' complaint after complaint against surgeons, but ultimately close EVERY SINGLE ONE without any action taken against the surgeon, who is then free to damage more patients!

WHY does the government continue to bury its head and deny knowledge of this massive scandal - especially as it is unarguably costing the NHS money it can ill afford to provide expensive aftercare for patients damaged by high street clinics who relinquish all responsibility after 12 months!!

These same clinics then write off millions in tax when they go into administration - and that's acceptable to the government!

If you haven't yet contacted your MP to ask for their support for regulation of this industry - PLEASE PLEASE do!

And then email the response to me so it can be added to the growing pile that will be presented to the government at some point this year!
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New health minister... 19 Jul 2016 09:08 #15

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I've yet to find out which of these three newly appointed health ministers will be my latest 'opponent' - presumably Philip Dunne.

I will let you know when I do :kiss:
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Reshuffle... 15 Jul 2016 16:15 #16

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Just how scary do they think you are? :)

Politics Schmolitics... 15 Jul 2016 10:38 #17

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Theresa May has not only removed Theresa Villiers from her post as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, but also taken Ben Gummer out of the Health Dept and made him Cabinet Office minister - and I was so looking forward to challenging his ignorance!
www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/big_promotion...ben_gummer_1_4618205

(Goodness knows why she left Jeremy Hunt in situ!)

Ben Gummer is the third successive health minister who's successfully escaped meeting with me - while denying the plight of tens of thousands who’ve been left damaged by the unregulated and often corrupt refractive surgery industry.

In his new role Gummer will be 'co-ordinating policy and government work between departments'. He said, “This is the kind of thing you come into politics to do”.

Silly me! I understood that the purpose of government is to protect the rights of its citizens, and politicians there to 'do' something to help when called upon!

Meanwhile, I will speak with Theresa Villiers to discuss setting up a meeting with Number 4 asap (whoever s/he may be).

It's not acceptable that they keep leaving the post just as I'm about to meet them... :kiss:

Meeting postponed... 30 Jun 2016 03:53 #18

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Hi Sasha I’ve been outside Optical Express in Shaftesbury Ave a few times over the last few weeks advising people not to go ahead with their treatment, fortunately I’ve convinced quite a few not to have it done and I’ll continue to go there as long as I'm working around there. Can you please give me the address to send a letter or email to the health minister Ben Gummer as I’ll certainly write to him.
Thanks!

Meeting postponed... 27 Jun 2016 19:14 #19

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The bad news is that my meeting with Health Minister Ben Gummer on Wednesday has been postponed - email received this afternoon from Theresa Villiers' office.


Not a huge surprise given what's going on right now... :kiss:

The good news is that those of you who haven't yet sent me your letter for Ben Gummer now have no excuse and time to do so!
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Letter for Gummer 25 Jun 2016 14:53 #20

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Since 2012 I have had conversations with - and received emails from - thousands of people damaged by this unregulated industry, yet only a comparative handful of you have written letters FAO Ben Gummer!

You have the weekend left to do this, and post hard copy to me via 1st class on Monday to reach me in time for my meeting on Wednesday.

Send email for my address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

It doesn’t matter where or when you had surgery… and I also encourage your partner/children/friends to write their side of the story.

Meanwhile, this is one of my favourites, written to Gummer's predecessor last year - the author did attach a legible copy!
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