Fears over UK vet agency move

UK - Defra is to go ahead with plans to turn the State Veterinary Service in to an executive agency despite serious concerns from vets and industry leaders.
calendar icon 2 February 2007
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In an announcement on Monday (Nov 29), DEFRA said the prospect had received broad backing from those that replied to the government consultation on the issue.

But the British Veterinary Association – which represents almost half of the veterinary profession – voiced several concerns about the practicality of such a move.

"Our concerns are for the quality of feedback coming from grassroots to the chief veterinary officer who has to provide the minister with relevant and accurate advice, and it’s important that they don‘t become isolated," said BVA president Bob McCracken.

"It will merely serve to accelerate the detachment of ministers from those on the ground who have to implement policy," he added.

Source: Farmers Weekly

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