Sanction for dispensing spectacles to children while unregistered

An Essex dispensing optician has been suspended for 12 months after he dispensed spectacles to patients under the age of 16 when his registration was lapsed

A child wearing glasses

The General Optical Council (GOC) has suspended a dispensing optician for 12 months after a fitness to practise (FTP) committee found he had dispensed spectacles to patients under the age of 16 without appropriate registration.

By law, only registered optometrists, dispensing opticians and medical practitioners can sell or supply optical appliances to patients in this age group.

A GOC FTP committee determined that Essex-based dispensing optician Ivan Jason Kidgell’s fitness to practise was impaired through misconduct.

FTP chair, Dr Pamela Ormerod, highlighted that Mr Kidgell had offered only a limited explanation of his failure to maintain his registration.

“Once Mr Kidgell’s employer suspended him, he completed the process of his registration in a very short period,” she added.

She emphasised that Mr Kidgell had not shown insight in the seriousness of his misconduct.

“As a result, the committee cannot be satisfied that he is unlikely to behave in a similar fashion in the future,” Dr Ormerod observed.

Mr Kidgell has until 9 October to appeal his suspension, during which time he is suspended from the register under an immediate suspension order.