GOC sanctions student DO who ordered trial contact lenses under false patient names

A Manchester-based student is no longer able to train as a dispensing optician after the General Optical Council erased her from its register

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A Manchester-based student dispensing optician has been sanctioned by the General Optical Council (GOC) after she dishonestly obtained more than 50 sets of trial contact lenses for someone she knew.

A GOC fitness to practise committee decision described how Sanna Aslam ordered the contact lenses using false patient details.

She supplied them to someone she knew without a contact lens check or fit for daily contact lenses being undertaken.

The committee highlighted that the registrant’s actions amounted to a serious departure from relevant professional standards.

“The registrant engaged in multiple pre-meditated acts of dishonesty occurring over a period of around five months involving the use of six patient names, abusing the trust of her then employers,” the decision stated.

“There was financial gain, if not directly for the registrant, for a person associated with her,” the committee added.

Ms Aslam was given an erasure order, which means that she is unable to undertake training as a student dispensing optician in the UK.

Ms Aslam has until 20 February to appeal her erasure.

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