The MHRA is another organisation not fit for purpose
'And there is so much secrecy that even surgeons implanting these devices do not always see the evidence upon which a device has been approved for its safety and effectiveness.
The British Standards Institution said it could not discuss the evidence for Nanostim due to "confidentiality requirements".
Even the UK's regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, says it is "bound by confidentiality when it comes to some of the actions that we've taken around individual devices".'
In 2015, following complaints about the Lentis Mplus X lens, from both ophthalmic surgeons and patients, the MHRA appointed Bernie Chang as one of their investigators.
Not only was Bernie Chang a panel member with the RCOphth's Refractive Surgery Standards Working Group in 2015, but at the time he also worked for Optegra, who - just like Optical Express - sold Mplus X lenses!
Conflict of interests methought!
As for, 'The UK's Royal College of Surgeons has called for "drastic regulatory changes"' - not for refractive surgery they haven't!
Hand in glove with the RCOphth, the RCS has been fully aware of what's going on within the refractive industry for years, but they ignore the scandal because most refractive surgeons are paid up RCS members!
Scrolling through countless screenshots saved on my desktop, I found this copy of an email I sent to David Moulsdale almost a year ago (18 November 2017).
Reasonable questions deserving answers I thought, and having given him time to respond (or not) I'd meanwhile forgotten all about it.
Of course he didn't reply - Optical Express and Optimax both respond to me through their solicitors when they aren’t able to ignore me!
But when I clicked on the link earlier I noticed that the text below the RCOphth logo no longer says, 'Optical Express Surgeons that are members of this body follow strict guidelines and standards for the practice of Ophthalmology.'
Because of course that would be an absolute lie, eh David
The text now simply says, ‘Many of our surgeons are members of the RCO.’
The Eye Laser Association (ELA) logo is still there, non-existent to all but Optical Express, perhaps via Platform 9 3/4?
Not forgetting the farcical IMAB, another acronym recognised only by Optical Express, with its members each paid for the use of their names.
Even Tweedles is a member, well fed from the OE trough as reward for unwavering devotion to the company and his leader, while his nose couldn’t get any browner if he spent six months in the Cayman Islands!
And under the Optical Confederation logo it says, 'Optical Express are members of the OC. Our clinicians and clinics follow the OC Multidisciplinary Standards for Refractive Surgery.’ *
It should seriously be asked of the OC members, including the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) and the Association of Optometrists (AOP), how they explain their support for the Optical Confederation, accepting standards unrecognised by the GMC, RCOphth, and - more importantly - the GOC!
Silly me, I tend to forget how easily so many people can shrug aside their morals, ethics, duty of care, etc, etc… when money is waved under their noses.
Shame on every one of them!
In fact, will someone please remind me next week to speak with the GOC and find out what they are doing about this!
According to their responses to my SARs earlier this year, emails exchanged in 2017, their own online publications, and David Hewlett, the Optical Confederation and FODO are essentially the same entity (funded by Optical Express). However, creative editing has removed online evidence, e.g.
Another visit to Moorfields Eye Hospital this afternoon, accompanying one of the many My Beautiful Eyes Foundation clients with corneal ectasia to his second NHS consultation.
Happily he was advised that he does not need corneal collagen cross-linking, as was previously suggested he might, but he has to return for a check up in six months time.
I was surprised when two NHS ophthalmologists I’d never spoken to before told me how much they support and admire my work. It was incredibly gratifying to hear this from corneal specialists - both wearing glasses btw!
One of these men told me not to stop what I'm doing - I assured him that I never would - and, pointing at my OERML sweatshirt, told me that he despises the company and what they’re doing to people!
I also picked up more shocking information about Julian Stevens from an optom, but want to speak with David Probert and Nick Strouthidis about this before sharing with you.
So while I’m on the subject of the NHS providing aftercare and treatment to patients damaged by private providers, how many of you have yet to contact your MP?
Those people who have actively supported me, by simply doing what I asked, have received a positive response from MPs.
Previously unaware of this scandal, one (conservative) MP was horrified by what his constituent told him, and he has now written to the health minister.
And two weeks ago, when one of my clients was told that he had to go on waiting list to meet with his (conservative) MP, I stepped in and called the constituency office. I told the caseworker that this was unacceptable, blah de blah…
As you know I don't give in, so the exhausted caseworker eventually assured me that my client’s name would be added to his MP’s list for the next surgery.
Advised today that it’s next Monday, and as I promised him I would, I will be going too!
On Friday, Greg Brady and his partner are also meeting with their MP, so what's your excuse?
Liking my posts and metaphorically patting me on the back is very sweet, but will not get the job done!
PLEASE PLEASE contact your MP!
Tell them face to face what’s going on, and ask them to support you by asking the health minister WHY there is no regulation of this corrupt industry, that is costing the country £zillions in NHS care and state benefits as a result!
And email me or post here when you’ve done this, so the MP's name can be added to my list for John McDonnell’s attention.
No MP on the list can then deny that they were fully informed - unlike us damaged patients
Yet another visit to Moorfields Eye Hospital this afternoon, where I met with CEO David Probert (right), and recently appointed Medical Director Nick Strouthidis.
We hadn't met before, but as both men wear glasses, that was an immediate ice breaker
Nick Strouthidis said he's quite myopic, and at 44 the wrong age for laser, so would be looking at MF lens, with which he said - and I quote - ‘there’s a significant risk’!
David Probert said he only wears reading glasses, and I advised he stick to them!
As well as discussing my concerns about Moorfields' private sector, some of which I mentioned in my previous post, they asked about My Beautiful Eyes Foundation, my work as a patient advocate, and the campaign for government regulation of the refractive surgery industry.
I explained how, over FIVE years, THREE health ministers have each postponed/cancelled scheduled meetings with me, reluctant to challenge this cowboy industry, so by avoiding me they can pretend all is well!
David Probert assured me that while they can't be politically involved, Moorfields unreservedly supports regulation.
That'll do for me!
I also explained that the NHS is providing aftercare to increasing numbers of patients damaged by private refractive surgery providers, at enormous cost, and that the government cannot continue to ignore this for much longer.
I explained that in some cases, local CCGs (Clinical Commissioning Groups) are refusing to fund NHS treatment for damaged patients, who then have nowhere else to turn to, unable to afford further private treatment.
At this point Nick Strouthidis reasonably suggested that surely the providers (OE et al) should be paying for the treatment...
I showed him an email from a man who contacted me very recently. He’d attended Optical Express for a post lasik check up, complaining of problems with his vision they sent him packing to Moorfields, where he was diagnosed with a detached retina - and operated on at cost to the NHS!
For the government to acknowledge the enormity of this problem, data for the numbers of private patients being treated on the NHS must be collated, and I asked David and Nick if Moorfields would consider doing this now, and lead the way for other NHS eye hospitals to follow suit.
They were entirely receptive to my suggestion, as I expect all NHS providers to be - not fair to expect the NHS to use their resources to clean up the mess caused by the private providers who continue to profit from doing so!
We discussed the colossal scale of such a task, and how it could be achieved. Not so simple I can assure you, because the patient numbers treated at Moorfields are astronomical!
But whilst they figure out the logistics of collecting historic data, they agreed that they will implement data collection of future patients who’ve been damaged by private providers.
Although I can’t cover all the details here, the meeting was productive, and I came away feeling confident that David and Nick will do what they said they would, and I look forward to further discussions with them in the near future.
OERML forum was out of action for a while due to security/maintenance issues, and I am updating with posts that were published on Facebook in the interim.
Posted 13 July:
Catch up - posted 20 August:
It's taken a while - 44 days to be exact - but you all know I'm not one to give up
So with help from Times reporter Andrew Ellson, and many emails to Twitter, explaining who wanted to silence me and why, tonight they 'unsuspended' my account @OERMLuk
When I asked Ian Plunkett at Twitter's Global Policy Communications why my account had been suspended (permanently), he told me, 'It was an error in enforcement based on a report and has been overturned by our teams based on appeal.'
And to the person who tried to silence me - the truth WILL out!
The crutches have nothing to with my eyes, I was attacked by a neighbour’s German Shepherd (ex guard dog) on 5 August and my left leg was very badly bitten in a number of places.
Police, ambulance, stitches… I'd post some pics but they really are gruesome
This photo was taken a few days later when I accompanied one of Julian Stevens' private patients to a meeting with Moorfields’ Medical Director Declan Flanagan, and Managing Director Maria Dimmock, to discuss the patient’s complaints concerning her treatment.
I bumped into a surgeon I know who dryly commented, ‘Aren’t you in the wrong hospital?’
By Sunday my thigh was continuing to swell up, and I was back at my local A&E!
It was thought that I had an abscess and would have to go to theatre, but thankfully when the surgeon arrived she decided it was an infection, and I was immediately given heavy duty antibiotics intravenously.
For the following three days I attended the Ambulatory Care Unit for continued IV treatment. I’m now back on oral antibs, and hopefully the infection will clear up - so don’t bother buying the dog a butcher's shop boys!
I’ll do my best to tell you more about the meeting with Declan Flanagan over the next few days.
While Dimitri Kazakos is no longer with Optical Express, he faces a significantly high number of legal claims from his previously damaged patients: which begs the question, who will indemnify him when they are settled?
And if you think it couldn't get any worse, Optical Express have been sending their 'complex' damaged patients to Dimitri's own clinic!
This unregulated industry is scarily out of control, and until the government acknowledge the fact, and address the issue, too many more trusting people will have their eyes irreparably damaged and their lives devastated!
And coincidentally - because the CQC had invited me before my Twitter a/c was suspended last Wednesday - the topic of today’s meeting was the dishonest person who lied when he complained to Twitter that I had ‘multiple accounts’!
He should have heeded the lessons OE have learnt to their cost over the years, that for every action there is a reaction [sic]!
I can't tell you much more just yet, other than this man can expect a tsunami to hit his beach fairly soon, and when it does you'll hear all about it!
Posted here on 1 January, 'And I have VERY good reason to believe that the refractive eye surgery industry scandal WILL - at long last - be exposed in 2018!'
Two days ago I received this chilling message from Twitter!
And I can assure you that on this occasion Optical Express are not responsible - but I know who is!
This was the work of a very desperate man, following questions he was asked by a journalist a few hours earlier!
He, along with so many others who’ve conspired with him, is finally facing public exposure for fraudulent activities spanning more than fifteen years!
And although the full story won't be publicised just yet, I don't think we'll have to wait too long!
And when this happens, I intend to name and shame all those who’ve turned a blind eye to this man's activities for so many years, including members and prominent trustees of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists!
And the ‘multiple account’ that I believe was reported to Twitter as belonging to me? It most definitely does not!
Meanwhile, it’s been too long since I last posted these words...
I so wish I could have seen the expressions on Simon Whale and David Moulsdale’s faces last week, when emails popped up from Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell - Subject Access Requests to Luther Pendragon and Optical Express
A few weeks ago an Optical Express insider provided me with more info about Luther Pendragon, that it wasn’t just me they were paid to discredit with press/media, MPs, etc…, but John McDonnell too, because of his ongoing support - since 2012 - for me and My Beautiful Eyes campaign for government regulation.
And while we were discussing the evidence I’d been sent, John googled Luther Pendragon...
I've previously posted about FODO director Alan Tinger, closely allied with Optical Express, and Luther Pendragon's SAR disclosure admitted that they had also been advising his questionable ‘federation' in relation to me!
And this article about Luther Pendragon having worked with tobacco firm Phillip Morris also includes FODO!
As John said, Luther Pendragon are not nice people, and as I replied, that’s of course why FODO and Optical Express chose them for their dirty work!
Luther Pendragon definitely earned their estimated £1/4 million payment from OE, successfully stopping so many of my press and media interviews over the last four years, but I promise you, that’s all about to change...
And perhaps Luther Pendragon should consider finding a scandal management company to represent them, because their already putrid reputation is going to be totally trashed when John McDonnell is through with them!
Maybe Big Partnership PR company in Glasgow will be able to help, because they, just like Luther Pendragon, have been very happy to play with the other roaches in OE’s swamp over the past few years!