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GOC suspends Hertfordshire based dispensing optician

21 Nov 2019

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The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to suspend Nimesh Patel, a dispensing optician based in Hertfordshire, from its register for twelve months.

A GOC Fitness to Practise Committee found his fitness to practise impaired by reason of misconduct relating to fraudulently processing refunds and stealing cash from the till at his work.

Mr Patel has until 5 December 2019 to appeal his suspension.

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

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

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

3. The registrant’s date of most recent registration with the GOC as a dispensing optician was 4 January 2010. His GOC registration number is D-13379.  

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