The information commissioner has supported the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons’ (RCVS) decision not to publish the Overspend Review Group’s report in full.

The information commissioner has supported the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons’ (RCVS) decision not to publish the Overspend Review Group’s report in full.

RCVS decisionThe verdict follows two challenges to the RCVS’ decision not to publish the report – one from the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the other by a college member.

After taking external legal advice from two sources, the college decided that to publish the McKelvey Report in full would be unlawful under the provisions of the Data Protection Act.

RCVS president Jacqui Molyneux said: “The verdict is welcome in that it supports our original decision. But I can appreciate that it may frustrate those members unhappy that they will not see the full report.

“When it was commissioned, it was intended that the report would be published in full; in the event, the document included information that would contravene the Data Protection Act if published.

“However, I would like to reassure members that the substance of the report was included in the published recommendations and these have now been acted upon.”

The Overspend Review Group was tasked with considering all aspects of budgeting and expenditure processes following overspends by the college on a new data management system and building work at its premises in London.

Questions and answers about the report, together with the recommendations, can be found at the RCVS website.

 

 

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