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‘It’s not enough to say that new technology exists so therefore we must adopt it, you should have good reasons for doing so.’
That advice came not from a latter-day Luddite but from the head of a technology start-up company discussing telemedicine at the Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons conference in January.
Her point was that decisions to move from an established way of working to a new one should be taken with care. The new should be favoured over the old only in cases where it is superior. Its essential ‘newness’ should not, in and of itself, be a factor.
That’s something members of RCVS council may wish to consider when they come to vote next week on plans to adopt a new system for taking important democratic decisions (see also …
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