17 September 2015
Source: The General Optical Council
The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for opticians, has erased Gurinder Ranshi, a student optometrist from Sale, Greater Manchester, from its registers.
A GOC Fitness to Practise Committee found his fitness to practise impaired by virtue of a conviction for aggravated burglary.
In making its decision the Committee, chaired by Rachel O’Connell, said: “The Committee noted that this was a particularly serious offence. The Registrant and others forcibly entered the home of victims who had been targeted. Weapons were taken to the premises and violence was used albeit not by the Registrant. Nevertheless, this was a joint enterprise. For his part in this offence, the Registrant was sentenced to seven and a half years imprisonment.
“The Committee noted that, whilst a conviction of itself does not necessarily mean that fitness to undertake training is impaired, the circumstances of this aggravated burglary are so serious as to go to the issue of the Registrant’s fitness to undertake training. Such conduct is fundamentally incompatible with continuing to be a registrant.”
Ranshi is now unable to undertake training to qualify as an optometrist in the UK.
Ranshi has 28 days to appeal his erasure, during which time he is suspended from the register under an immediate order.