Healthwatch Lancashire CEO attends General Optical Council illegal practice meeting

Healthwatch Lancashire Chief Executive Officer attends General Optical Council illegal practice stakeholder group meeting.

Healthwatch Lancashire’s Chief Executive Officer, Gill Brown, attended the second GOC (General Optical Council) stakeholder steering group meeting last week as part of its new illegal practice strategy.
The group has been formed to develop a code of practice for online contact lens suppliers and advise on options for implementation. The GOC intends to launch a consultation on a draft code of practice later in 2015 and to implement the code by the end of the year. The group will also work to raise awareness among the public of how to buy and wear contact lenses safely, such as the need to follow aftercare advice and have regular check-ups.

The stakeholder group is comprised of members from across the optical sector, including representatives from various professional bodies, an online contact lens supplier and several consumer representatives including Healthwatch Lancashire, among others.

GOC Council member and Council Champion for the illegal practice project, Dr Hogan said: “It was extremely pleasing to welcome a group with such a wide variety of experience and expertise and a shared commitment to highlighting the need for consumers to have regular eye examinations and follow aftercare advice regardless of whether they buy their contact lenses online or in-store.”

Healthwatch Lancashire CEO, Gill Brown, said ‘Eye health is very important and its great that Healthwatch Lancashire have been asked to contribute the views of the public to this significant project’.