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GOC erases Slough based optometrist

27 Jul 2018

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The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to erase Sufyan Malik, an optometrist based Slough, 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, related to inappropriate and sexually motivated behaviour towards two patients, together with a failure to provide a signed and written prescription after a sight test in relation to one patient. 

In making the decision, the Committee, chaired by Dr Pamela Ormerod, said:

“The Committee determined that the Registrant’s actions amounted to a breach of one of the fundamental tenets of the profession, in not making the care of his patient his first concern. 

“The Committee determined that in acting as he did, the Registrant has brought the profession into disrepute, there was an indication of limited insight only on his part in this regard and accordingly there was no reassurance that he would be unlikely to do so again in the future.

“The Committee was satisfied that in the particular circumstance of this case, the public interest outweighed that of the Registrant because of the nature and seriousness of the misconduct and the degree of risk posed to the public by the Registrant. It therefore determined that erasure was the necessary, proportionate and appropriate sanction.”

Mr Malik has until 16 August 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 20 August 2012. His GOC registration number is 01-26828. His last registered contact address was in Slough. 

 

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About the General Optical Council:

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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