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Senate passes opticians amendment

Legislation meaning opticians will have to re-register every two years was rubberstamped in the Senate yesterday.

The Optometrists and Opticians Amendment Act won support from Opposition and Independent Senators, who agreed Bermuda needs high standards in diligence and expertise.

The council governing the profession is now tasked with prescribing a code of conduct and putting disciplinary control in place, while opticians must show they have a good grasp of English. Opticians must also complete a required number of hours training in order to register.

United Bermuda Party Senate Leader Jeanne Atherden pointed out some professions are only required to register every three years, saying: “We support it but we would like to find out what's going to happen to other professions.”

Independent Senator Joan Dillas-Wright said the public would now have greater protection because the legislation brings a higher level of accountability. Independent Senator Walwyn Hughes said all professions seem to be getting more measures introduced these days, with Progressive Labour Party Senator David Burt saying Government is constantly upgrading the standards of care.

PLP Senator LaVerne Furbert said the amendments had been recommended by opticians themselves, and said she is sure other professions will make similar suggestions in their own fields.

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Published March 03, 2011 at 9:16 am (Updated March 03, 2011 at 9:15 am)

Senate passes opticians amendment

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