Royal College of Ophthalmologists | RCOphth
To answer your question Jimmy, I too have not received a reply from Kathy Evans, and I think it is time that these people realised that the longer this goes on, the bigger the scandal they will have on their hands.
Reply to Caro
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Following my email to Kathy Evans (after being 'uninvited' to join the Refractive Surgery Standards Working Group), she sent me the, “evidence (that) points to the fact that you would not be a constructive member of the group”.
And just as I expected, the “unsolicited information” was supplied by Optical Express!
The first piece of ‘evidence’ (like I’m on trial), re "despise this industry”, and “in offensive language, that you will destroy it”, was an email I sent to Russell Ambrose in 2013. Always one for transparency where legally possible, I had copied this to David Moulsdale.
NB: Because of my ongoing legal proceedings v Russell Ambrose I’m not publishing the email in its entirety, although Moulsdale appears to have shared it with the RCOphth and his entire staff at Optical Express!
In my email, dated 4 July 2013, I wrote, "I despise this industry Russell and will do everything I can to stop thousands more being hurt and lied to.”, and, "As I told you the first time we met on Friday 13 May 2011, I will f**k you and I will f**k this industry.”
The second piece of ‘evidence’, re “police warning”, was simply laughable - a string of emails Stephen Hannan had exchanged with Glaswegian PC David Dinnen in November 2014.
You can read the absurd and amusing story here: "Threats & bribes... 30 Nov 2014 @ 22:34" www.opticalexpressruinedmylife.co.uk/ind...the-truth.html#10979
I sent Kathy copies of the emails I’d exchanged with PC Dinnen, and she invited me to meet with her, and Communications Manager Liz Price, on 3 July.
The meeting lasted an hour, and it must be said that I did most of the talking. I told Kathy that I made no apologies for using offensive language, which was after all addressed to Russell Ambrose (and did include asterisks!). I suggested that she too might feel like swearing if her eyes and life had been ruined.
I also explained that it was relatively early days for me in July 2013, and it was the 'high street ' industry I referred to at that time.
As for the 'police warning', I asked why the College had not asked OE for more details instead of taking the complaint at face value.
I was told it was the Council's decision to remove me from the Working Group and it was irreversible (just like the damage to my eyes).
I asked who had told Optical Express about my appointment to the WG, as I’d been asked to keep it quiet. They didn’t know. I said that it must have been leaked by someone within the College.
With nothing to lose, I told Kathy and Liz about the threats and bribery offers I’d received, and much more!
They appeared to be quite shocked.
I said that I had received many complaints about David Teenan’s appointment to the Working Group, and knew that some of these had been sent to the College, although I’m told none have yet received a reply. I questioning why he was therefore on the Working Group.
Kathy claimed that none of the surgeons had yet been confirmed. I argued this, pointing out that I had been sent a copy of the mail confirming his appointment, signed by Bernie Chang (RCOphth Vice President & Chair of Professional Standards), and that Teenan had also announced it himself, with all details on OERML.
Since the meeting, in response to one of my queries, on 10 July Kathy wrote, "The decisions about the composition of the Refractive Surgery Standards Working Group are the responsibility of Council. I note your comments about David Teenan and am taking further advice."
I said that the College was making a big mistake to take me off the Working Group, and would be discredited by their decision, that they had been played by Moulsdale.
Kathy denied Mousdale had any say in it, but I disagreed, he had provided the ‘evidence’, and if it hadn’t been that it would have been something else. I explained how it is no doubt his worst nightmare to have me on the Working Group - not only fighting to have the RCOphth guidelines enforced as legal requirement, but helping revise them too!
I said I was uniquely qualified for this position, and the Lay Advisory Group must agree as they nominated me!
I have since made numerous requests to the RCOphth, some under the Data Protection Act, asking for further details about the information sent to them by Optical Express.
I had stated that I did not wish to be involved with an organisaton controlled by corrupt businessmen, and that I would not be attending tomorrow’s meeting of the Lay Advisory Group.
However, I discussed the matter with a number of people, including RCOphth surgeons equally frustrated and disappointed with this decision. All advised that I should engage with the College and remain a member of the Lay Advisory Group.
I assure you that I did not make my decision lightly, nor does it alter my opinion that the College has been manipulated, and therefore ‘controlled', by corrupt businessmen, but for the time being I shall remain a member.
Meanwhile, in the midst of writing this, John McDonnell's PA contacted me to say he was arranging a meeting with RCOPhth President, Prof Carrie MacEwen, to discuss my removal from the Working Group.
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It is all so unethical and they should be ashamed of themselves for withdrawing Sasha's invitation.
As outraged as I am, I'd have been naive if I was surprised by their decision though.
It seems to me the RCOphth is just part of David Moulsdale’s propaganda machine. I mean why else would David Teenan be on the group?
The whole thing is a joke and I urge everyone who supports Sasha, who is basically every damaged patient of this industry to write to Kathy Evans and express your disgust at their actions. They should be ashamed of themselves. They have taken our voice away and silenced us once again so that the Mousdale clan can proceed with this ugly, despicable and purely profit making business.
Reply to Shell84
- Jimmy B
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"Everyone who Sasha has helped, and there are a lot of you, should write to Kathy Evans and complain.
I have still had no reply, has anybody else?
This is important so that we have fair representation for all of us damaged patients.
Reply to Jimmy B
Professor Dua supported regulation so what’s McEwan's excuse?
admin wrote: 6 May ’14: John McDonnell MP and Professor Harminder Dua, President of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, met with Health Minister Daniel Poulter to discuss the urgent need for regulation of the refractive eye surgery industry.
Optical Express must have been overjoyed when Professor McEwan was voted in as President.
No prizes to guess why David Teenan is in the Workimg group and Sasha’s been given the boot!
Reply to Birdie
- The Truth Fairy
In my opinion you can add The Royal College of Surgeons to your list, and some Health Ministers, the NHS, and plenty of other hospitals/clinics, medical/optical suppliers and some medico legal experts.
Have I left anyone out?
Greedy unethical investors? Although personally, even if I had no conscience, I wouldn't want my money invested in a sinking ship.
Reply to The Truth Fairy
How can the so called leading butchers with very strong ties to AMO be allowed to contribute financially? How can the GMC be impartial when it's funded by these butchers who pay to be members?
They are not impartial, not working in patients best interest, and not fit for purpose.
JOBS FOR THE BOYS, and both organisatons are supported by the foul people in Downing Street!
Reply to Fedup
- Grim Reaper
- Truth Fairy
They don't care because we don't matter to them.
There will come a time when the people involved will be exposed, and they may regret not behaving in an ethical manner.
Reply to Truth Fairy
Don’t forget that Moorfields surgeon and Royal College member Julian Stevens is a highly paid consultant with AMO. So is Optical Express global MD Steve Schallhorn, and he also has shares in AMO!
Mr C.O.Rupt. wrote: The AMO (Abbott Medical Optics) name is listed on the Donations sign in the lobby of the RCOphth premises...
AMO supply Optical Express with refractive eye surgery hardware and products..
No way will any of these surgeons let Sasha Rodoy anywhere near making guideline revisions when it affects their bank balances :sick: