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Dispensing optician who encouraged customers to make false insurance claims sanctioned

The GOC has erased a Conwy County dispensing optician who ordered glasses for himself without paying for them

13 Jun 2018 by Selina Powell

The General Optical Council (GOC) has issued an erasure order to a Conwy County dispensing optician who encouraged customers to make false claims on the Asda Opticians insurance policy.

A GOC fitness to practise decision determined that Ian Williams suggested he would confirm customers’ glasses were broken when they were not and ordered glasses for himself without paying.

The decision also highlighted that Mr Williams dispensed contact lenses to children who did not have valid contact lens prescriptions.

Mr Williams was employed at Asda Opticians in Llandudno between 2004 and 2014.

Fitness to practise chair, James Kellock, shared that Mr Williams had deliberately acted dishonestly on more than one occasion in the workplace and his actions amounted to a “pattern of behaviour” that breached the fundamental tenets of the profession.

The committee found that Mr Williams had failed to show any insight into his dishonest behaviour.

“He has expressed no remorse for his actions in general…or demonstrated any understanding of the nature of his dishonest conduct or the potential consequences,” Mr Kellock highlighted.

Mr Williams has until 28 June 2018 to appeal his erasure, during which time he is suspended from the register under an immediate suspension order. 

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