Hertfordshire optometrist erased

'Multiple failures' in patient care and record keeping led to GOC fitness to practise Committee decision

08 Dec 2016 by Olivia Wannan

A Hertfordshire optometrist, Anthony Plimmer, will be erased from the register after a General Optical Council (GOC) fitness to practise committee found him impaired due to “multiple failures in patient care and record keeping.”

According to a GOC statement, Mr Plimmer has been under conditional GOC registration for almost four years. The committee found that he had not remediated the deficiencies that led to this sanction, and was at risk of repeating his clinical failures.

The committee chair highlighted that: “Four years have now elapsed since the original conditional registration was imposed, and the registrant has not, in that time, demonstrated remediation.

“The committee concluded that there was no other way, both to protect the public and to meet the wider public interest, than to impose an order of erasure from the register,” the statement outlined.

Mr Plimmer will be erased from the register on 9 January 2017, unless he lodges an appeal against the erasure order, the release said.


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