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One can understand why, looking in from the outside, it might seem as though the OFNC is ineffective.
The OFNC is attempting to secure funding to connect practices to the NHS network.
The Optometric Fees Negotiating Committee (OFNC) is a collective of four organisations that negotiate with the Government to set the General Ophthalmic Services (GOS) fee.
OFNC chair, Mike George, told OT that the committee could not advise the profession to accept an offer that was not in their best interests, or the best interests of patients.
Responding to the decision, Mike George, chair of the OFNC and an AOP board member, said: "We are deeply disappointed that this fee has been imposed upon the sector, without agreement or any apparent regard to the evidence submitted.
A spokesperson for the OFNC told OT: "We are disappointed at the low voucher value increase this year.
Mike George, chair of the OFNC and an AOP councillor, said: "Many in the sector have felt we should have been allowed the use of the logo for some time ...
Ann Blackmore, incoming OFNC secretary, said: "It is difficult to negotiate when the presumption is for yet more cuts, but we have managed to achieve some significant gains"
"The OFNC had asked for a reasonable increase of 3.5%.
In particular, the Optometric Fees Negotiating Committee (OFNC) (previously the Review Committee) is viewed by some as a cabal shrouded in mystery which is reluctant to reveal its activities.
The OFNC comprises representatives of the AOP, ABDO and FODO.
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