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GOC erases Greater Manchester based optometrist

14 May 2018

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The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to erase Jonathan Gains, an optometrist based in Bury, 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 misleading and dishonest amendment of patient records in addition to issuing prescriptions and prescribing and recommending new glasses that were not clinically indicated.

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

“The Committee was satisfied that the registrant’s misconduct was a serious departure from the relevant professional standards with the potential for serious patient harm. The registrant had abused his position of trust. There were repeated errors which the registrant sought to cover up dishonestly. The Committee has also concluded that the registrant has displayed a persistent lack of insight into the seriousness or consequences of his actions.”

“Balancing all of these factors and after taking into account all the evidence before it, the Committee determined that the only appropriate and proportionate sanction is that of erasure.”

“The Committee considered that this order was necessary to protect the public, mark the importance of maintaining public confidence in the profession and to send to the public and the profession a clear message about the standard of conduct required from members of the profession.”

Mr Gains has until 31 May 2018 to appeal his erasure, during which time he is suspended from the register under an immediate suspension order. The erasure will take effect 1 June 2018.



1. The full determination is available at

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:

4. The registrant’s date of most recent registration with the GOC as an optometrist was 16 March 1979. His GOC registration number is 01-10103. His last registered contact address was in Bury, Greater Manchester.

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The GOC is the regulator for the optical professions in the UK. Its purpose is to protect the public by promoting high standards of education, performance and conduct amongst opticians. The Council currently registers around 30,000 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.


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