A body corporate fitness to practise case against a Specsavers franchise partner who filmed himself talking about seeing walk-in patients in the latter-stages of lockdown has been dropped just days before it was scheduled to be heard.

Optician reported that the hearing involving Northants VisionPlus had been scheduled between February 20 and March 3 2023. A director of the franchisee was accused of failing to safeguard the welfare of patients and staff and permitting or facilitating in person consultations that were non-essential, contrary to government and sector health protection regulations that were in force at the time. The committee said these allegations not only amounted to misconduct, to deficient professional performance.

When questioned, the General Optical Council (GOC) said “that the case was referred back to the case examiners for reconsideration (via rule 16) and they had decided that there was no longer a realistic prospect of a finding of impairment.”

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