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More flexibility needed on furlough

The BVA and the British Veterinary Union (BVU) are both calling for greater flexibility with the government’s coronavirus job retention scheme (furloughing).

Currently vet practices can use furloughing to reduce staff costs during the Covid-19 outbreak and many practices are adhering to social distancing by splitting staff into teams and rotating them in and out of furlough to meet the duty to provide 24/7 emergency care. However, the BVA and BVU say furloughing must be more flexible.

Reducing the minimum time that furloughed staff can …

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