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GOC erases Scottish optometrist for clinical and record keeping failures

A Helensburgh-based practitioner has been sanctioned for failing to adequately assess patients and maintain proper records

31 Jan 2019 by Selina Powell

The General Optical Council (GOC) has decided to erase Scottish practitioner, Malcolm Livingstone Craig, from its register after it found his fitness to practise was impaired by reason of misconduct.

The misconduct related to Mr Craig failing to adequately assess patients and maintain sufficient records.

The errors came to light after the practice where he worked was randomly selected by the practitioner services team of NHS Highlands for a payment verification visit in November 2014.

A second visit was carried out in June 2015 after issues were discovered in Mr Craig’s record keeping, before NHS Highlands notified the GOC of its concerns in September 2015.

Oversights included failures to record history and symptoms, perform visual field tests for patients under 60 and carry out a complete internal eye examination. 

“The committee noted that, at the November 2014 visit, the registrant is recorded as saying that he had been ‘recording the abnormal and unusual’,” the decision read.

A GOC fitness to practise committee concluded that there was a “real risk” that the Helensburgh practitioner would repeat his errors in the future, and that his

“persistent and basic clinical failings” would have an adverse effect on public confidence in the profession.

“The committee concluded that the registrant’s misconduct is incompatible with being a registered professional,” committee chair, Pamela Ormerod, highlighted.

Mr Craig has until 12 February to appeal his erasure, during which time he is subject to an immediate suspension order.

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