The General Optical Council (GOC) has suspended optometrist Aly-Hussain Jiwa for six months for working illegally.
Mr Jiwa, formerly based in Swindon, received the suspension from a fitness to practise (FTP) committee this week (8 October) for dishonesty in relation to his eligibility to work in the UK.
The Canadian national had been working on a migrant visa with sponsorship from Boots Opticians, following the successful completion of his optometry degree and pre-reg period in the UK. However, when the Boots’ store changed hands, the sponsorship was discontinued.
In a subsequent period of license transfer for renewed sponsorship, Mr Jiwa worked several locum sessions for Specsavers in Swindon, where he knowingly provided an incorrect GOC number on two prescriptions.
Head of the FTP committee, Pamela Ormerod, said: “The registrant’s conduct in working illegally was directly linked to his professional practice. The registrant’s conduct fell far short of the standards of an optometrist and damages the reputation of the profession.”
Ms Ormerod added: “A period of six months is sufficient to mark the seriousness of the misconduct and adequately protect the public interest.”
Mr Jiwa is now unable to practise as an optometrist in the UK for the period of his suspension.