The RCVS has decided not to publish the full “McKelvey report” into IT and building overspends after legal advice highlighted data protection issues.
The RCVS has decided not to publish the full version of last month’s “McKelvey report” into IT and building overspends after seeking legal advice.
According to the college, around half of the entire report includes personal data which prevents it being published in full.
Recommendations from the report were made public in mid-November, including comments that weaknesses in College structure should be “urgently addressed” to safeguard the proper conduct of the regulator.
However, the full report was initially withheld on the advice of the college’s London solicitors, Penningtons.
“It had always been the intention of RCVS officers that the full report, which considered the building works in the lower ground floor of the RCVS offices in Belgravia House, and the implementation of a new database, would be published,” according to a college spokesman.
The RCVS than received Freedom of Information requests for the full document to be made available and went on to seek further external legal advice.
Nevertheless, it was again advised not to publish the report, apparently because it includes data that should not be published in compliance with data protection laws.
The spokesman added: “The meat of the report is in the recommendations, which account for approximately 50 per cent of the report, and which are being taken forward by officers and RCVS Council, with plans to put an Audit and Risk Committee in place taking priority.”