OO guilty of misconduct

An optometrist who claimed to be able to 'cure heart disease', 'prevent coronary thrombosis' and provide 'real heart attack prevention' has been erased from General Optical Council registers by a fitness to practise committee.

The committee alleged that Hull-based Sydney Bush held himself out as a 'new kind of optometrist' who practised 'nutritional preventative cardioretinometry' and could manage coronary heart disease. In doing so, it alleged he worked outside his professional qualification and was therefore likely to have brought the profession into disrepute.

In addition, his actions did not comply with NICE or Joint British Societies cardiovascular risk advice, said the committee.

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