The College of Optometrists

Providing information about complaints

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If other bodies, such as the OCCS, the GOC or local health organisations, are involved in the complaint, you should provide helpful and honest information in response to a request as promptly as possible. Through your complaints procedure you should make the patient aware of who will see the information about them and the safeguards that are in place to minimise any risks to confidentiality.
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If the GOC asks for information from you regarding a complaint, you must, subject to any statutory restrictions, give the GOC the information promptly. If you do not provide the information within 14 days, the GOC may seek a court order requiring the information to be produced, unless this is prohibited by any other enactment, for example the Data Protection Act 1998.
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If a court asks for information from you regarding a complaint you must, subject to any statutory restrictions, give the information promptly.

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