Letters Revalidation and appraisal

Revalidation will not reliably detect poorly performing doctors

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e8009 (Published 03 December 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8009
  1. Leslie Lowenthal, general practitioner1
  1. 1Downland Practice, Chieveley RG20 8UY, UK
  1. leslielowenthal{at}doctors.org.uk

Thank you, Nigel Hawkes, for your article on revalidation.1 The press has claimed that revalidation will safeguard the public from poorly performing doctors by using five yearly checks. As a GP with an interest in education and assessment I share your concern that the public has been misled.

The revalidation process will centre on self analysis by appraisees, and …

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