Remote prescribing dispensation ended
The dispensation was first granted during the first lockdown in spring 2020 and came to an end in October 2021.
However, as the Omicron variant began to spread the rules were reintroduced the rules in December in response to stringent national restrictions across the UK and mounting staff shortages.
Members of the RCVS standards committee accepted that staff absences due to self-isolation and illness were still causing issues, but due to the relaxation of home working requirements in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and other restrictions across the UK, they agreed the dispensation should end.
Melissa Donald, who chairs the committee, said: “The safety and well-being of veterinary professionals, as well as the health and welfare of the animals they care for, have remained uppermost in our minds when considering this temporary position on remote prescribing.
“We are pleased to have been able to support the professions through a very difficult time by introducing this dispensation; however, it was only ever a temporary measure and, given the relaxation of restrictions across the UK, we feel the time has come to revert to our usual guidance.”
The RCVS said it would continue to keep its position under review and would respond to any changes in governments’ advice and regulations.