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GOC erases Lincolnshire based optometrist

5 Nov 2018

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The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to erase Paul Fontaine, an optometrist based in Lincolnshire, from its register. He will now be unable to practise as an optometrist in the UK.

A GOC Fitness to Practise Committee found his fitness to practise impaired by reason of misconduct relating to the Registrant’s conduct toward a patient, provision of an inadequate standard of care at a sight test and record keeping failures.

In making the decision, the Committee, chaired by Ian Crookall, said:

“The Committee found that the lack of any remediation by the registrant and the absence of any adequate insight into his conduct means that he presents a high risk of repetition of such conduct to the detriment of patients. 

“In the circumstances, the Committee was satisfied that the Registrant was currently impaired by reason of his misconduct.

“The Committee determined that an Order for Erasure was the only appropriate and proportionate sanction that would sufficiently protect the public and demonstrate to the public that the regulator took seriously the concerns that arose in this case given the serious departure from professional standards.”

Mr Fontaine has until 20 November 2018 to appeal his erasure, during which time he is suspended from the register under an immediate suspension order.

 

ENDS

 

NOTES TO EDITORS:

1. The full determination is available at https://www.optical.org/en/Investigating_complaints/Hearings/past_hearings/index.cfm

2. A full transcript of the hearing is available on request and payment of an administration charge.

3. A briefing on how the FTP process works is available at: https://www.optical.org/en/news_publications/press_kit/media-statements-and-briefings/index.cfm

4. The registrant’s date of most recent registration with the GOC as an optometrist was 22 December 1978. His GOC registration number is 01-10086. His last registered contact address was in Grimsby, Lincolnshire.

 

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