A Hertfordshire dispensing optician who admitted having a physical altercation with a former partner has been erased from General Optical Council Registers by a fitness to practise committee.

The committee also alleged that Philip Egan failed to declare a police caution for assault in 2004 in nine consecutive retention applications. However, the GOC could not provide documentation to demonstrate this.

In making the decision, the committee, chaired by Ian Crookall, said: ‘Mr Egan’s actions did not amount to a one-off incident but represented a sustained and continuous course of conduct over a considerable amount of time. His violent behaviour and dishonesty fell well short of the standards expected from his profession and brought the reputation of the profession into disrepute.

‘Mr Egan has admitted many of the particulars and the committee noted a degree of remorse. It also noted that no question had been raised in relation to his clinical competence. However, his insight into his conduct was limited and the committee is not satisfied, therefore, that he is fully engaged with the consequences of his behaviour. Consequently, the committee concluded that there was a real risk of repetition of the misconduct found proved in this case.’

Egan was convicted of harassment in 2014 at Hertfordshire magistrates and had a restraining order placed on him which has now lapsed.