Do not authorise prescription of POM-V without physical examination of the patient / herd.

Do not authorise prescription of POM-V without physical examination of the patient / herd.

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Shams Mir - BVU started this petition to Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

Physical examination of the animal or the herd is the foundation of appropriate and safe veterinary treatment and that of the deep rooted bond of trust between veterinary surgeons and their clients. This could all soon change irreversibly to the serious detriment of animal patient welfare and herd health if the so called ‘telemedicine’ companies lobbying the RCVS get their way.  So, here is the chance to help stop this from happening.

The RCVS completed a consultation on the ‘use of telemedicine within veterinary practice’* in March 2017 and published a ‘summary of the consultation’** over a year later in April 2018. The Consultation has been criticised and dubbed as ‘flawed’ in having comprised of ‘leading’ questions and thus skewing the results in in some ways.*** Nevertheless, the majority of the veterinary respondents rated telemedicine based diagnosis and treatment of injury or disease from 'high risk' to 'not appropriate at all'. 
 
Regardless of the specific overwhelming opinion against telemedicine, in order to be able to authorise remote prescription of POM-V, the RCVS is now looking into changing the definition of ‘under care’ in the vets’ Professional Code of Conduct and is considering to conduct a ‘trial to assess the benefits and risks of allowing remote prescription of POM-V’.
 
Remotely prescribing POM-V will (1) first and foremost risk animal patient welfare and herd health, (2) create a two tier system of duty of care within the profession (3) break down practice based vet-client relationship, (4) disrupt veterinary services due to complications related to out of hours emergency cover, transfer of patient and patient histories etc. of remotely treated patients, (5) clients will potentially face increased costs by paying for telemedicine consultation and then requiring examination and treatment in practice (5) negatively impact financial condition of veterinary practices and professionals.
 
On these ground we urge the RCVS not to authorise prescription of POM-V remotely i.e. without physical examination of the patient or the herd in a time bound manner and to uphold this requirement in the Professional Code of Conduct for Veterinary Surgeons.
 
* https://www.rcvs.org.uk/news-and-views/our-consultations/rcvs-review-of-the-use-of-telemedicine-within-veterinary/

** https://www.rcvs.org.uk/document-library/telemedicine-consultation-summary/
*** https://www.vetsurgeon.org

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