A Kent-based dispensing optician has been erased from the General Optical Council’s (GOC) registers following a conviction for fraud.
Suzy Stonehouse was struck off following a conviction at Central Kent Magistrates Court in 2014 for four counts of fraud involving more than £3,000.
At a fitness to practise committee hearing held last week (June 26) it was ruled that Ms Stonehouse was unable to practice in the UK by virtue of misconduct, in accordance with the Opticians Act 1989.
Chair of the committee, Peter North, said: “The offence was serious and likely to undermine public confidence in the profession and anything less [than erasure from the GOC’s registers] was incompatible with the message to be sent to the public and the profession.”
Mr North added: “The Committee did not believe that there was a risk of recurrence but the profession demands the highest standards and that those standards would be upheld by the Committee with an appropriate and proportionate sanction.”
Ms Stonehouse is now unable to practise as a dispensing optician in the UK.
Full details are available on the GOC’s website.