GOC erases Yorkshire based optometrist

The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to erase Alister Blockley, an optometrist based in Yorkshire, 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 conviction. This is in relation to making an indecent photograph of a child and possession of extreme pornographic images involving animals.

Mr Blockley has until 29 April 2020 to appeal his erasure, during which time he is suspended from the register under an immediate suspension order.