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RCVS urged to adopt ‘complete openness’

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By Josh Loeb

Eleven former members of RCVS council have taken the unusual step of writing to the college to urge it to be transparent over new proposals surrounding disciplinary hearings.

Two former RCVS presidents – Jacqui Molyneux and Barry Johnson – were among the signatories to the open letter, addressed to current RCVS president Niall Connell.

Their call follows last month’s interventions from two serving members of RCVS council – including past president Stephen May – who also raised the issue of transparency.

May, along with Martin Peaty, who was elected to RCVS council in 2017, queried the way in which some council reports and discussions had been classified as ‘confidential’ (VR, 1 February 2020, vol 186, p 104).

Last week Connell confirmed that one of the items discussed in private at last month’s council meeting concerned potential changes to disciplinary procedures that are currently under active consideration by the college. …

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