Optician suspended for failing to reveal harassment caution.
Byline: BEN ECCLESTON Crime Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
AN optician from Coventry has been suspended by the industry regulator for failing to reveal a police caution.
Mohamed Patel failed to reveal the caution to the General Optical Council (GOC) and they have now taken the decision to suspend him for nine months.
The GOC committee found that Mr Patel had committed misconduct by failing to disclose and also said his fitness to practise was impaired by virtue of a separate conviction for harassment.
In making the decision, the GOC committee, chaired by Rachel O'Connell, said: "The registrant acted dishonestly in failing to declare the police caution.
"While his dishonesty was in relation to one matter, it had been repeated on a number of occasions and he had not taken a clear opportunity given to him to tell the GOC about the caution.
"Proper regulation of the profession depends upon registrants being honest with their regulator.
"The registrant's conviction for harassment in 2014 was also a serious matter. However, the committee finds that there is a low risk of repetition, both in terms of the behaviour which led to the conviction and in terms of the misconduct which produced the dishonesty.
"The registrant has full insight into the behaviour which led to the conviction and developing insight into his misconduct."
The committee said it also recognised that Mr Patel had engaged fully in the fitness to practise proceedings.
Mr Patel has until May 18 to appeal the decision - if no appeal is lodged with the courts the suspension order will take effect from that date.