An RCVS disciplinary committee (DC) hearing into Staffordshire-based veterinary surgeon Roger Sidney Meacock has been adjourned indefinitely following Mr Meacock entering into undertakings with the college.
Mr Meacock faced a total of six charges brought against him by the RCVS relating to matters asserted on his website (www.naturalhealingsolutions.co.uk), which, it is alleged, are misleading and/or inaccurate and, as such, bring the veterinary profession into disrepute.
On Tuesday 18 October 2016, the DC was informed, following discussions between counsel for both the college and the respondent, Mr Meacock had voluntarily entered into undertakings with the RCVS to amend his website to make it compliant with his professional responsibilities.
Following Mr Meacock entering into the undertakings, counsel for the college applied to adjourn the hearing generally (that is, indefinitely) to enable the website to be changed and for Mr Meacock to demonstrate his intention to remain compliant with his professional obligations. This application was not opposed by Mr Meacock and was granted by the committee.
Judith Webb, chairing the DC and speaking on its behalf, explained the adjourned charges would be kept open indefinitely, but the DC encouraged the college not to extend the period beyond two years. However, if at any time in the future Mr Meacock failed to keep up his undertakings or made further claims the college found unacceptable, then a fresh case could be brought.