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On-Island service for macular degeneration 'difficult'

Minister outlines issues going forward

We need to expand treatment for Macular Degeneration on the Island - but it's proving difficult, says the health minister.

Currently, £500,000 a year is paid for 60 individuals and their accompanying carers to go to Aintree for treatment.

The Department of Health and Social care has extended its deal with Aintree to secure the service, for those with a disease that leaves them with blurred or no vision.

Minister David Ashford says the difficulty of securing on-Island provision comes from potential partner hospitals needing to meet certain quotas:

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