Committee to hear charges of misconduct
Cheshire-based Valerie Kitchener will appear on October 20. The detail of the charge includes claims that she examined the left eye of a patient inadequately in June 2002, in that she failed to perform indirect ophthalmoscopy through a dilated pupil. In addition, it is alleged she failed to refer the patient to a medical practitioner when it was appropriate to do so.
A separate case will take place the next day when Salford-based optometrist Eunice Wolfson will appear to face a charge of serious professional misconduct.
It is claimed that Wolfson examined the right eye of a patient in May 2002 inadequately, in that she allegedly failed to perform indirect ophthalmoscopy through a dilated pupil, and perform a visual field test.
In addition, it is claimed that the optometrist failed to assess symptoms properly, and the decision to make a non-urgent referral to a medical practitioner was inadequate.
This month's disciplinary hearings will end on October 22, when Ashim Parti, struck off in November 2000 after failing to carry out adequate eye examinations and keep adequate records, will apply for restoration to the register.
It is Parti's second application for restoration after his initial bid failed last year (News, October 25, 2002).