GOC erases Cardiff based optometrist

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to erase Vikash Kumar, an optometrist based in Cardiff, from its register. He will now be unable to practise as an optometrist in the UK.

A GOC Fitness to Practise Committee found his fitness to practise impaired by reason of misconduct. This is in relation to dishonestly submitting documents to a County Court and his attempt to persuade a witness in GOC fitness to practise proceedings against him to not give evidence or to influence the evidence given.

Mr Kumar has until 2 April 2020 to appeal his erasure, during which time he is suspended from the register under an immediate suspension order.