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GOC suspends Essex-based dispensing optician

The General Optical Council has decided to suspend Ivan Jason Kidgell, a dispensing optician based in Essex, from its register for a period of 12 months.

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GOC suspends Exeter-based optometrist

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to suspend John Margetts, an optometrist based in Exeter, from its register for a period of 12 months - press release

GOC erases Essex-based optometrist

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to erase Mark Walker, an optometrist based in Colchester, Essex from its register. He will now be unable to practise in the UK - press release

GOC seeks new committee members

The General Optical Council (GOC) is looking to appoint a total of six new registrant members to its statutory committees

News from Council 26 July 2017

All the news from July's Council meeting, including Love Your Lenses, Education Strategic Review, Accreditation of Prior Learning and consensual disposal of Fitness to Practise cases

GOC appoints three new members to committees

The General Optical Council (GOC) has appointed three new members to its advisory committees. Alicia Thompson and Geraldine McBride have joined the Education Committee and Philip Bird has joined the Registration Committee. The three new members took up their roles on 1 July 2017 - press release

Responses to GOC call for evidence demonstrate consensus on direction of travel for eye care delivery

The GOC has today published a summary of the responses it received to its Education Strategic Review Call for Evidence. This shows a broad consensus across the sector that the system of optical education and training is in need of change and that there is an appetite for this - press release

News from Council 10 May 2017

Council welcomed the detailed and considered submissions that were received from over 50 stakeholders in response to the call for evidence on the Education Strategic Review. They discussed and approved the publication of an independent report summarising the responses and agreed the next steps for the project - press release

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