Student dispensing optician erased from the register

A student who submitted fraudulent documents to gain a place on a BSc optometry course has been sanctioned by the General Optical Council


A student dispensing optician based in Peterborough has been erased from the General Optical Council (GOC) register.

A GOC fitness to practise committee found that Arzoo Maqsood’s fitness to train was impaired after she manufactured documents to obtain a place on a BSc optometry course.

Chair of the fitness to practise committee, Anne Johnstone, said that the committee was not satisfied that Ms Maqsood had developed satisfactory insight into her actions.

“Dishonesty, particularly when sustained over a period of time, is difficult to remediate. In the present case, dishonesty had been repeated on a number of occasions and had involved the creation of false documents and lying about the provenance of those documents in interviews,” she said.

“The committee reached the conclusion that the circumstances of this case are so serious that the public interest can only be protected by the sanction of erasure,” Ms Johnstone added.

Ms Maqsood has until 24 September to appeal her erasure.