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URGENT - RE WHICH? 13 Aug 2014 07:47 #131

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URGENT!

In the May and June editions of Which? magazine subscribers were invited to send their experiences of laser eye surgery to Joanna Pearl.



Now I am inviting EVERYONE reading this to email your experience to me immediately and I will forward to Joanna Pearl for her urgent attention.

PLEASE PLEASE do so as soon as you read this message! There is very little time left as they are going to print this week, and you must all have your say regardless of whether a Which? subscriber or not!

It doesn't need to be to detailed: simply say when and where you had your surgery, the problems you've suffered and what the surgeon/clinic has done about it. If you were pressured to buy please mention that - and anything else you consider relevant.

I cannot stress how important it is that you do this - please don't leave it to others. Every single voice counts to make enough noise so that we're heard!

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Which? expose´ 07 Jul 2014 12:34 #132

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When I first met with MP John McDonnell nearly three years ago, he advised me to contact Which? magazine as they had published a feature about laser eye surgery in 2009: www.which.co.uk/documents/pdf/laser-eye-surgery-195167.pdf

Not being one to give up easily, I bombarded Which? with phone calls and emails until they finally told me in 2013 that they planned to look at the industry again.

With so much else to deal with I had almost forgotten about it, so was ecstatic when Joanna Pearl (Which? Principal Health Researcher) contacted me earlier this year asking for my help with a planned feature on the industry.

For various reasons details were not advertised on OERML/FB, although a few of my clients did submit their own stories.

Earlier this morning Joanna called me to confirm that a 3 to 4 page feature is now scheduled for the September edition of Which?

Which? is a highly influential organisation and I believe the published results of their investigations will open the floodgates for the press and media
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91.8 Hayes FM Radio Interview 02 Jul 2014 11:33 #133

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30 June 2014: Interview with John McDonnell MP
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Daily Star: Sunday 6 April 2014 07 Apr 2014 07:28 #134

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Observer: Sunday 6 April 2014 07 Apr 2014 07:26 #135

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Online today! 06 Apr 2014 08:15 #136

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www.theguardian.com/society/2014/apr/05/...uined-my-life-ruling
"Optical Express loses bid to close laser eye surgery critic's website
Biggest laser eye surgery provider claimed a bitter rival funded the Optical Express Ruined My Life website, run by Sasha Rodoy
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www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/373...-ruined-their-vision
"Sasha Rodoy says she suffered irreparable eye damage during surgery.... The London-based campaigner said: “Until I came along the industry kept this scandal hidden with gagging orders signed in return for compensation.""

www.richardhartley.com/2014/04/optical-e...ery-critics-website/
"Optical Express loses bid to close laser eye surgery critic’s website"
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Steve Schallhorn on BBC Radio 5 live Investigates 16 Mar 2014 14:50 #137

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When asked by Adrian Goldberg whether or not Optical Express would welcome greater regulation of the industry, Steve Schallhorn replied: "Listen... we would support practical regulations that would improve the industry and deliver meaningful benefits to our patients, we would certainly support that."

If this is true then I invite Steve Schallhorn and David Moulsdale to meet with me and John McDonnell before our scheduled meeting with the Health Minister next month. I will send a letter to both parties and post their replies here and on OERML.

When repeatedly pressed to answer the question that the ASA have ruled against Optical Express using their untrue claim that 99% of people achieve 20/20 vision, desperately looking for a rabbit hole, Steve sighed and said: "I'm a.. I'm a... ophthalmic surgeon and I can't address advertising issues."

Really Steve? Then if you're not involved with OE's marketing and not licensed to practice surgery in the UK, exactly what are you doing for OE?

Steve mentioned "rigorous standards established by our medical advisory board..." but forgot to mention that he's the IMAB Chairman!


Listen to Steve squirm!
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BBC Radio '5 Live Investigates' 16 Mar 2014 09:03 #138

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Arriving @ the studios early this morning
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Salford Advertiser / Manchester Evening News 29 Nov 2013 16:00 #139

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The pressure is building, in my local rag today, Salford Advertiser Manchester Evening News:
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BBC London Breakfast Show 28 Nov 2013 14:04 #140

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Paul Ross & Penny Smith chat with Sasha Rodoy:

OERML & My Beautiful Eyes Foundation rely on your support to expose the horrors of this unregulated industry.

Your help is very much appreciated!

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