Eye test given to sleeping care home resident

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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.”

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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.

 

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