GOC erases Peterborough based student dispensing optician

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to erase Arzoo Maqsood, a student dispensing optician based in Peterborough, from its register. She will now be unable to undertake training as a student dispensing optician in the UK.

A GOC Fitness to Practise Committee found her fitness to train impaired by reason of misconduct related to manufacturing documents to support a fraudulent application to obtain a place on a BSc Optometry degree course.

In making the decision, the Committee, chaired by Anne Johnstone said:

"The Committee was not satisfied that the Registrant had developed satisfactory insight into the seriousness of her actions. In the light of the Registrant’s oral evidence and in particular, her repeated attempts to minimise her responsibility for what had occurred, the Committee could not be satisfied that the risk of further dishonest conduct was low.

"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.

"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 Maqsood has until 24 September 2019 to appeal her erasure.

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

  1. See the full determination on our past hearings page
  2. A full transcript of the hearing is available on request and payment of an administration charge.
  3. Read our detailed guide on how the FTP process works
  4. The registrant’s date of most recent registration with the GOC as a student dispensing optician was 14 July 2019. Her GOC registration number is SD-8483. Her last registered contact address was in Peterborough, England.

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About the General Optical Council:

The GOC is the regulator for the optical professions in the UK. Its purpose is to protect the public by promoting high standards of education, performance and conduct amongst opticians. The Council currently registers around 30,000 optometrists, dispensing opticians, student opticians and optical businesses.