1 February 2019
Source: General Optical Council
The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to suspend Dilesh Gohil, a dispensing optician based in Yorkshire, from its register for nine months.
A GOC Fitness to Practise Committee found his fitness to practise impaired by his criminal conviction for sexual assault and by misconduct relating to his failure to declare this conviction to the GOC.
In making the decision, the Committee, chaired by Sara Fenoughty said:
“The registrant had departed from the relevant standards in respect of being honest and trustworthy, and ensuring his conduct did not damage public confidence in him or the profession.
However he had shown a willingness to work to ensure that there would be no repetition of his misconduct and had shown remorse and some insight in relation to his colleague, and the profession. He did not demonstrate deep-seated attitudinal issues which were incompatible with continued professional registration.
The Committee considered that this was a case that could be met by a period of suspension with a review. The Registrant had shown capacity to develop insight and could be someone that could return to safe practice after a period of structured suspension, in which attention could be directed towards practical and reassuring steps, such as a professional boundaries course.”
Mr Gohil has until 21 February 2019 to appeal his suspension, during which time he is suspended from the register under an immediate suspension order.