An optometrist has been struck off after performing an eye test on a sleeping care home resident.
The UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, the General Optical Council (GOC), found that Colchester-based Mark Walker had failed to provide an adequate standard of care to patients in care homes.
Committee chair Eileen Carr said: “The Registrant’s actions put patients at unwarranted risk of harm and were for financial gain. The Committee was satisfied that the Registrant’s actions amount to a serious departure from the relevant professional standards. He acted dishonestly, over a period of time, putting a group of highly vulnerable patients at risk of harm and abusing their trust.”
Mr Walker was found to have caused or permitted the alteration of paperwork submitted for payment.
The Committee found that Mr Walker had shown a persistent lack of insight into the serious nature and consequences of his actions, and did not engage with the hearing.
He has until 3 September 2017 to appeal being struck off, during which time he is suspended from the register under an immediate order.