Policy responses and statements
Background: The way in which doctors are regulated is changing. This consultation sets out the General Medical Council’s (GMC) proposals for a new process to assure patients and the public, employers and other healthcare practitioners that licensed doctors are up to date and fit to practise. The process is called revalidation. In future, all licensed doctors will need to revalidate regularly if they wish to keep their licence to practise.
Revalidation is a new way of regulating the medical profession that will provide a focus for doctors’ efforts to maintain and improve their practice; facilitate the organisations in which doctors work to support them in keeping their practice up to date; and encourage patients and the public to provide feedback about the medical care they receive from doctors. In these ways, revalidation will contribute to the ongoing improvement in the quality of medical care delivered to patients throughout the UK.
The subject of the consultation is how revalidation will work in practice. The consultation is not about whether revalidation should be introduced; instead it outlines our proposals for putting revalidation into place. The UK Parliament has already passed legislation to ensure that revalidation will be introduced for all doctors in the UK.
The purpose of this consultation was to gather views about the GMC’s proposals about the way in which revalidation should be introduced. Responses to the consultation will feed into a final report given to the GMC's Council in autumn 2010. It will be for Council to determine how the GMC should act on the findings of the report.
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[12 February 2010]