Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates issue PCA(O)(2020)5

The Scottish Government have issued PCA(O)(2020)5 detailing information on the provision of emergency or essential community eye care during the additional coronavirus (COVID-19) social distancing measures announced on Monday 23 March 2020.

It also clarifiies aspects of the financial support measures introduced in PCA(O)2020(4) and provides an update on emergency dispensing.

Further to the issuing of PCA(O)(2020)5, we have received confirmation that community optometrists are to be considered 'Category 2' workers during the COVID-19 pandemic: “Category 2 – All other Health and Care workers, and wider public sector workers providing emergency/critical welfare services (e.g Fire, Police, Prisons, Social Workers, etc), as well as those supporting our Critical National Infrastructure, without whom serious damage to the welfare of the people of Scotland could be caused.”

The Scottish Government has published further guidance on key workers and access to childcare provision.

Any practice-specific queries about the financial support measures should be emailed to

Any other enquiries arising from this memorandum should be emailed to

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