Duddy v General Optical Council

QBD (Admin) [8 Nov 2010]

An optician, Mr Duddy, had his name erased from the ophthalmic register after admitting to dishonest conduct in the course of his employment. The conduct involved making payments of over £250,000 to 'ghost' employees and stealing over £50,000 by taking cash from the till and completing false customer refunds.

Mr Duddy submitted to the Fitness to Practise panel that the appropriate sanction was that conditions should be attached to his practice. The panel, however, found that erasure was the only appropriate sanction.

In his appeal to the High Court against the sanction, Mr Duddy did not appear and was not represented. In addition, he had not been in communication with the General Optical Council. The court found that Mr Duddy knew it was likely that the panel's decision would be upheld and held that his appeal had no merit and should be dismissed.