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Andrew McInulty

Dear Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons,

In the matter of Daniel Doherty - MyVet24/7 Hillingdon/Uxbridge

1. Are any disciplinary proceedings being taken in respect of the above named RCVS member?
2. Has any individual or body made a formal complaint against the above named individual?
3. Is this individual still practising as a veterinary surgeon?

Yours faithfully,

Andrew McInulty

Lisa Price, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

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Sandra Neary, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

Dear Mr McInulty

 

We are in receipt of your email dated 3 April. Your request has been
registered and we will respond within 20 working days as defined by the
Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Sandra Neary

Professional Conduct Officer

Secretary to the Preliminary Investigation Committee

 

Professional Conduct Department

Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

Belgravia House

62-64 Horseferry Road

London

SW1P 2AF

 

T 020 7202 0730

 

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From: Andrew McInulty <[2][FOI #744133 email]>
Sent: Saturday, April 3, 2021 7:50 pm
To: Lisa Price
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Membership Enquiry

 

Dear Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons,

In the matter of Daniel Doherty - MyVet24/7 Hillingdon/Uxbridge

1.      Are any disciplinary proceedings being taken in respect of the
above named RCVS member?
2.      Has any individual or body made a formal complaint against the
above named individual?
3.      Is this individual still practising as a veterinary surgeon?

Yours faithfully,

Andrew McInulty

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Dear Mr McInulty

 

Please find attached a letter from Gemma Crossley (Head of Professional
Conduct) in response to your Freedom of Information request.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Sandra Neary

Professional Conduct Officer

Secretary to the Preliminary Investigation Committee

 

Professional Conduct Department

Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

Belgravia House

62-64 Horseferry Road

London

SW1P 2AF

 

T 020 7202 0730

 

 

Andrew McInulty

Dear Sandra Neary,

Thank you for your response. However, I would like part of it clarified.

The second part of my request asked whether any individual or body had made a formal complaint against the member Daniel Doherty Myvet24/7 in respect of his 2018 criminal conviction and 4years+ gaol sentence for domestic animal related offences. The reply was:

"Complaints registered against individual veterinary surgeons remain confidential until or unless they pass to a hearing of the Disciplinary Committee."

I did not ask for particulars of any complaints registered against Daniel Doherty Myvet24/7 only whether any complaint had been made against him in respect of his 2018 criminal conviction. If the answer is even the registration of a complaint against any member is confidential until or unless it passes to a hearing of the Disciplinary Committee please clarify and also advise how I can register a formal complaint.

Yours sincerely,

Andrew McInulty

Sandra Neary, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

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Dear Mr McInulty,

Thank you for your email

I confirm that both the detailed particulars of any concern relating to a conviction and/or the existence of any concern relating to a conviction remain confidential until and unless there is a public hearing of our Disciplinary Committee for which there would be prior public notice of the hearing taking place. Our Disciplinary Committee hearings are held in public and the evidence of witnesses including the salient facts of any conviction is heard in public subject to certain categories of evidence (e.g. confidential health issues relating to a vet or a witness) being heard in private session. The Disciplinary Committee's decisions are publicly declared and reported with recent case decisions being reported and found at https://www.rcvs.org.uk/concerns/discipl... .You will see amongst those reported cases a number that relate to veterinary surgeons and registered veterinary nurses appearing before the Committee as a result of convictions.

I would also add to the above that veterinary surgeons are obliged to declare convictions in accordance with the RCVS Code of Professional Conduct which states at paragraph 5.3:

"5.3 Veterinary surgeons, and those applying to be registered as veterinary surgeons, must disclose to the RCVS any caution or conviction, including absolute and conditional discharges and spent convictions, or adverse finding which may affect registration, whether in the UK or overseas (except for minor offences excluded from disclosure by the RCVS)"

I confirm that when a veterinary surgeon declares a conviction to the RCVS it is considered in accordance with the RCVS Protocol on Handling Convictions and Cautions (please see copy attached). I also confirm that if a veterinary surgeon is convicted they are obliged to declare the conviction to the RCVS irrespective of whether they subsequently appeal that conviction. Please note that if a veterinary surgeon does appeal their conviction the RCVS process of considering the conviction will be paused pending the completion of any appellate and any subsequent retrial process (if any were to be ordered by the Appeal Court).

I would also wish to reiterate from my original response the following:

The RCVS is aware of Mr Daniel Doherty's conviction and sentence in 2018.

Mr Doherty has exercised his right to appeal the conviction.

Yours sincerely,

Sandra Neary
Professional Conduct Officer
Secretary to the Preliminary Investigation Committee
 
Professional Conduct Department
Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
Belgravia House
62-64 Horseferry Road
London
SW1P 2AF

T 020 7202 0730

www.rcvs.org.uk

         

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