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RCVS tells Unite to get its facts right

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THE RCVS has told the trade union Unite to ‘get its facts right’ after the union put out a press release calling for its regulatory activities to be put under the scrutiny of the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Unite has the British Veterinary Union (BVU) under its umbrella. In a press release on February 7, it said that the RCVS should not be ‘judge and jury’ when it came to regulating veterinary surgeons in the UK and called for a shake up of the regulatory system. It reported that it had written to George Eustice, the parliamentary undersecretary of state at Defra, asking for the PSA, which regulates governing bodies such as the General Medical Council, the General Dental Council and the Nursing and Midwifery Council, also to have scrutiny of the RCVS.

‘The RCVS disciplinary process and decisions have long been a matter of discontent for the members of the RCVS,’ said Unite. It reported that, in the letter, Shams Mir, chair of the BVU, had referred to the disciplinary case involving Munhuwepasi Chikosi, who was removed from the RCVS Register in June last year (VR, July …

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