The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to suspend Waqaus Ali, a student optometrist based in Birmingham, from its register for three months.

A GOC Fitness to Practise Committee found his fitness to undertake training impaired by reason of conviction. This is in relation to failing to provide a blood specimen in the course of an investigation to determine whether he had driven under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Mr Ali has until 17 September 2021 to appeal his suspension.

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