The General Optical Council (GOC) has welcomed the Department of Health and Social Care’s (DHSC) consultation on fitness to practise, registration and education reforms.

‘We welcome this consultation and the aim to give all health and social care regulators broadly equivalent powers in order to maintain a level of consistency and effective public protection,’ explained a GOC statement.

The DHSC’s consultation detailed proposed changes to the legislative framework of healthcare regulators across the country, including the General Medical Council and General Dental Council. Stated aims included improving public protection and reducing the risk of harm due to poor professional practice.