The General Optical Council (GOC) has erased a Welsh student dispensing optician from its registers following convictions of theft and fraud in March.
Kirsty Brown, from Rhyl in Denbighshire, was convicted of stealing £730 in cash and defrauding more than £3,400 from Boots, between March and December 2014.
At a fitness to practice hearing held earlier this week (September 21), the committee commented that Ms Brown’s actions were “premeditated, systematic and persistent over a significant period and in different stores.
In making its decision, the committee commented 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.”
It added: “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. [She has] seriously departed from the professional standards as set out in the code of conduct for individual registrants.”
Ms Brown is now unable to undertake training to qualify as a dispensing optician in the UK.