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London-based veterinary surgeon applies to remove himself from the Register

6 April 2018

The RCVS Disciplinary Committee has adjourned its hearing into James Staton after he submitted an application to voluntarily remove himself from the Register and never to apply to be restored.

There were two charges against Mr Staton, the first related to his failure to comply with eight requests from the RCVS sent by letter between November 2014 and August 2017 in relation to his continuing professional development (CPD) records.

The second charge was that between 1 January 2012 and 7 November 2017 he failed to have professional indemnity insurance or equivalent arrangements in place.

Mr Staton’s request to adjourn the hearing and agree undertakings was made in writing on 9 March 2018 and, at the hearing on Wednesday 4 April 2018, was not opposed by the RCVS.

The Committee had regard to advice of the Legal Assessor and submissions from both counsel for the RCVS and legal advisor for Mr Staton. In accepting Mr Staton’s request for adjournment and his undertakings no admissions have been made in respect of the charges against him.

In deciding whether to accept the adjournment and undertakings, the Committee was asked to consider a number of factors including Mr Staton’s age and health, his unblemished career of more than 50 years, the fact that he had closed his practice and retired from clinical practice on 31 March 2018 and that he had no intention of practising as a veterinary surgeon again. For those reasons the Committee felt it would be disproportionate to take Mr Staton through a full hearing.

Ian Green, chairing the Committee and speaking on its behalf, said: “In coming to this decision the Committee considered the respondent’s application to adjourn this inquiry in the light of the evidence he adduced. It had regard to the interests of justice, the public interest in ensuring high standards are maintained by veterinary surgeons and the need to ensure the protection of animals and their welfare.”

Should Mr Staton seek to apply to rejoin the Register then the proceedings will become active again and a Disciplinary Committee hearing will be scheduled.

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