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Revalidation in the United Kingdom

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 04 March 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:650

Practicality and cost of revalidation plans must be assessed

  1. Peter Furness (, honorary consultant histopathologist
  1. Leicester General Hospital, Leicester LE5 4PW
  2. 29 Park Road, Hampton Wick KT1 4AS

    EDITOR—Scanning the contents of the BMJ for 30 October 1999, I thought I detected an editorial masterstroke. The education and debate section contained five articles on revalidation, 1 followed by—here's the flash of inspiration—an article on the problems of medical staffing in our hospitals.2

    Sadly, this seems to have been pure serendipity. Far from “debate,” the authors all seemed blissfully unaware of any link. Article followed article on revalidation, describing teams of doctors, busily revalidating teams of doctors. In apparent isolation, the last article discussed the staffing crisis without mention of the workload to be imposed …

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