24 September 2015
The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for opticians, has erased Kirsty Brown, a student dispensing optician from Rhyl, Denbighshire, from its registers.
A GOC Fitness to Practise Committee found her fitness to undertake training impaired by virtue of convictions for fraud, and theft from her employer.
In making its decision, the Committee said: “There were aggravating features of the Registrant’s dishonesty including that it was premeditated, systematic and persistent over a significant period and in different stores. The Committee was of the view that the Registrant’s excuse for her actions was completely inadequate. Although she admitted the facts, she did so only when uncovered and would have probably continued otherwise.
“Erasure is the only sanction which will be sufficient to protect patients and the public interest, in particular because the Registrant had demonstrated a harmful deep-seated attitudinal problem; seriously departed from the professional standards as set out in the Code of Conduct for Individual Registrants.”
Brown is now unable to undertake training to qualify as a dispensing optician in the UK.
Brown has 28 days to appeal her erasure, during which time she is suspended from the register under an immediate order.