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NCAA has not been given sufficient tools to identify poorly performing doctors

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7283.426 (Published 17 February 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:426
  1. Christopher Bulstrode, director of education (c.bulstrode@rcsed.ac.uk),
  2. Victoria Hunt, adviser on medical education
  1. Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH8 9DW

    EDITOR—The government has announced a new organisation, the National Clinical Assessment Authority (NCAA), which is apparently charged with identifying poorly performing doctors. It is, however, in danger of failing to do its task because it has not been given the tools it needs to achieve this.1 There are three types of regular review needed by any professionals who are entrusted with the safety of patients.

    The first meeting is for individual professionals. They may want a regular …

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