An optometrist based in Helensburgh, Scotland has been erased from the GOC’s register.

A GOC Fitness to Practise Committee found that Malcolm Craig’s fitness to practise was impaired by reason of misconduct due to his failure to adequately assess patients and maintain an acceptable level of record keeping.

Chair Pamela Ormerod said: ‘The Committee concluded that there is a real risk of the registrant repeating his errors in the future, and that his persistent and basic clinical failings would adversely affect public confidence in the profession. The Committee further concluded that the Registrant has breached a fundamental tenet of his profession, in that he has failed to ensure that he operates in an environment where patient wellbeing is paramount. The Committee determined an immediate order of suspension is required for public protection and public interest purposes.’