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GOC response to petition to stop multiples exploiting optometrists and endangering patients

We are aware of the petition to stop multiples exploiting optometrists and endangering patients.

Latest information on COVID-19 'firebreak lockdown' from Welsh Government

Yesterday (19 October), the Welsh Government announced plans to go into a national lockdown from 23 October until 9 November 2020, to help “regain control” of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

GOC launches public consultation on COVID-19 statements

The General Optical Council (GOC) has launched a consultation seeking views on how it can continue to support its registrants and the optical sector throughout the COVID-19 pandemic as different parts of the UK experience local and potentially national restrictions now and in the future.

GOC suspends Bradford based optometrist

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to suspend Shahid Nazir, an optometrist based in Bradford, from its register for three months.

GOC response to joint statement on concerns about funding for Education Strategic Review

We acknowledge the concerns raised in the joint statement issued on 1 October 2020 by the College of Optometrists, Association of Optometrists and Optometry Schools Council regarding funding for the Education Strategic Review (ESR).

GOC co-commissions research into Regulated Qualifications Framework level for GOC approved qualifications

The General Optical Council (GOC) has co-commissioned the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) to gather evidence and make a recommendation for the most appropriate Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) level for qualifications approved by the GOC.

GOC suspends Bromley based dispensing optician

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to suspend Tracy Dermott, a dispensing optician based in Bromley, from its register for three months.

Annual Healthcare Regulators’ Whistleblowing Report 2020 Published

The General Optical Council (GOC) has today joined with seven other healthcare professional regulators to publish the annual report on whistleblowing disclosures.

GOC suspends Huddersfield based optometrist

Husnal Murtza, an optometrist based in Huddersfield, has been suspended from the GOC register for three months.

GOC statement on service of registration notices during the COVID-19 emergency

We have published a statement on service of registration notices during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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