Locum optometrist sanctioned by the GOC following false appointment booking

A Hertfordshire-based practitioner has been suspended for nine months after she claimed to have carried out a dilated fundus examination and wrongly amended records

A Hertfordshire-based optometrist who told a colleague that she had performed a dilated fundus examination when she had not has received a nine-month suspension order from the General Optical Council (GOC).

A GOC fitness to practise committee decision described how locum optometrist Bansi Shah created an additional appointment slot for a patient to receive a dilated fundus exam but the patient did not receive dilation.

When asked by a colleague about the appointment, Ms Shah said that dilation had been carried out when it had not.

The decision highlighted that Ms Shah also falsely amended the patient’s records, stating that a dilated fundus examination had been performed.

The committee emphasised that dishonesty is a serious matter and that Ms Shah had shown limited insight into her conduct.

She has until 12 December to appeal her suspension.