DO suspended for misconduct

Jatinder Bhamra’s fitness to practise was found to be impaired

GOC desk

A Hounslow-based dispensing optician has been suspended from the General Optical Council (GOC) registers for nine months.

Jatinder Bhamra’s fitness to practise was deemed to be impaired by reason of misconduct after she was found to have been adding Boots Advantage Card points to her personal account and using them to make purchases.

In making the decision, the GOC’s fitness to practise committee, said: “Dishonesty is always a serious matter and in this case the registrant occupied a position of particular trust. The registrant took advantage of her position to commit the acts of dishonesty, which the committee had found proved.”

The committee, which was chaired by Anne Johnstone, said that it was satisfied that the registrant does not pose a significant risk of repeating behaviour. It concluded that “a significant period of suspension would be sufficient in this particular case to maintain the public interest.”

Ms Bhamra has until 27 February to appeal her suspension.