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18-10-2012 | General practice | Article

Revalidation roll-out approved

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Department of Health

medwireNews: The long-anticipated process of revalidation will begin from December, the Department of Health has confirmed.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced his decision to formally approve revalidation today, saying: "Doctors save lives every day and making sure they are up to speed with the latest treatments and technologies will help them save even more. This is why a proper system of revalidation is so important."

The GMC hailed the news as "historic" and marking "the biggest change in the way doctors are regulated for more than 150 years".

Doctors will be required to revalidate every 5 years in order to retain their license to practise; around a fifth of currently registered doctors are expected to go through the first wave of revalidation by March 2014.

The announcement received a cautious welcome from the BMA, which only recently conceded support for the GMC's plans (click here).

Chair of Council Dr Mark Porter commented: "The system soon to be rolled out is much better than the one initially put forward. But we still need to ensure consistency across the UK so that all doctors are working to the same standards.

"And it is vital that sufficient support exists across the UK for those doctors who need it. It is essential that revalidation is reviewed every step of the way so that we can be sure that the system works for patients and for doctors."

RCGP President Professor Mike Pringle meanwhile commented: "We have worked hard to ensure that revalidation will be as effective for GPs and patients as possible. We have listened to the ideas and concerns of patients, GPs and colleagues and are confident that revalidation will not be an onerous task for GPs: it will help them in many ways to ensure they provide good care for patients and get the most out of their own careers."

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By Caroline Price, Senior medwireNews Reporter