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GOC to contribute to new research on the effect of COVID-19 on BAME healthcare workers

The General Optical Council (GOC) is contributing to the UK Research study into Ethnicity and COVID-19 outcomes in Healthcare workers (UK-REACH).

GOC suspends Leeds based student dispensing optician

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to suspend Haroon Amin, a student dispensing optician based in Leeds, from its register for twelve months.

News from Council 11 November 2020

The General Optical Council (GOC) held its November Council meeting which considered the findings from the Education Strategic Review (ESR) consultation, changes as part of its Continuing Education and Training (CET) Review, and annual registration fees.

GOC suspends Leicester based optometrist Honey Rose

The General Optical Council (GOC) notes the decision of its independent Fitness to Practise Committee (FtPC) to suspend Honey Rose for 9 months.

How we will continue to regulate in light of the new COVID-19 restrictions

We remain committed to delivering our regulatory work to protect the public following the latest COVID-19 national restrictions, which came into effect on 5 November.

Statement on optical services in England from 5 November 2020

Following the Government’s announcement on 31 October 2020, new national restrictions will come into effect in England on Thursday 5 November.

GOC suspends London based optometrist

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to suspend Malti Amin, an optometrist based in London, from its register for twelve months.

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.

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