GOC to suspend optometrist

Submitting false receipts has resulted in a Leeds practitioner being sanctioned by the optical regulator

15 Mar 2017 by Selina Powell

The General Optical Council (GOC) has sanctioned a Leeds optometrist after she submitted multiple false receipts.

Simone Boyd, who qualified as an optometrist in 1992, submitted 12 receipts to a health insurance company for products that she had received free of charge through a voucher scheme. She obtained £1,479 by filing the false receipts.

A GOC fitness to practise committee found that Ms Boyd’s fitness to practise was impaired after the false submission of receipts for financial gain over a ten year period.

Committee chair, Ian Crookall, highlighted that Ms Boyd’s past actions breached the fundamental tenets of the profession.

“Ms Boyd has developed insight however, as evidenced by her early admission to these matters and her full cooperation with the GOC investigation process,” he emphasised.

“She had a previously unblemished career and the committee had received a number of references demonstrating that Ms Boyd is a very competent and highly experienced optometrist,” Mr Crookall added.

Ms Boyd will begin her 12-month suspension on 6 April if no appeal is lodged by this date. 

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