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GOC suspends London based student optometrist

18 Dec 2018

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The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to suspend Deepa Acharya, a student optometrist based in London, from its register for a period of twelve months.

A GOC Fitness to Practise Committee found her fitness to practise impaired by reason of misconduct, relating to falsifying her A level grades and her first year degree results to secure her place on an optometry programme.

In making the decision, the Committee, chaired by Anne Johnstone, said:

“In considering the public interest, the Committee had regard to the need to maintain public confidence in the profession and to declare and uphold proper standards of conduct and behaviour. Therefore, the Committee concluded that in these circumstances, a Suspension Order would be appropriate and proportionate.

“The Committee noted that the Registrant’s dishonesty and lack of integrity represented a serious departure from the Code of Conduct and that to some extent there was a continuing lack of insight into the seriousness of her actions. Therefore, the Committee noted that a Suspension Order would send a signal to the Registrant, the profession and the public re-affirming the standards expected of a student registrant.

“The Committee determined that an immediate order was not required in the circumstances of this case.”

Ms Acharya has until 8 January 2019 to appeal her suspension.  

 

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 a student optometrist was 14 October 2015. Her GOC registration number is SO-11704. Her last registered contact address was in London.

 

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