Letters

Revalidating retired doctors

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7332.295a (Published 02 February 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:295

Revalidation is essential for retired doctors who continue to practise

  1. Peter K Leaver, retired consultant ophthalmologist (pleaver@hackney95.fsnet.co.uk)
  1. 28 Meynell Crescent, London E9 7AS
  2. Plas Newydd, Penmaenmawr LL34 6RH

    EDITOR—The concerns expressed by Vickers over the revalidation of retired doctors are worrying if they really represent those of “the most distinguished and longserving members of our honourable profession.”1 The purpose of revalidation is to provide a mechanism for self regulation to ensure that doctors are fully competent to practise in their specified field. Doctors who are retired rapidly get out of touch, and their skills therefore become rusty.

    To pretend that one is retired while continuing to practise, examine patients, prescribe for them, and accept fees is both disingenuous and dishonest. Furthermore, prescribing for one's …

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