Honey Rose sentence hearing

AOP media statement

26 Aug 2016

Suspended sentence 

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) is aware that AOP member Ms Honey Rose was today given a two-year suspended sentence in the case of Vincent Barker. 

Ms Rose was convicted of gross negligence manslaughter in July 2016.  

This tragic case has had devastating consequences for all involved.  

The case, a criminal one involving an optometrist on clinical matters, is the first of its kind in the UK. There are millions (1) of sight tests undertaken in the UK each year. Optometrists adhere to strict standards of practice set out by the regulatory body, the General Optical Council (GOC). 

The AOP can confirm that a leave of appeal is being sought by Ms Rose. Due to the ongoing Fitness to Practise hearing that Ms Rose faces before the GOC we are unable to comment further at this time. 

(1) Optics at a Glance 2014, Optical Confederation reported 22.54 NHS and private sight tests in the UK in 2014


For more information, please contact Serena Box, PR and Media Manager, at the Association of Optometrists, serenabox@aop.org.uk or telephone 020 7549 2063.

Notes to Editors

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