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Indian proposals to revalidate doctors get mixed reception

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 31 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:748
  1. Ganapati Mudur
  1. New Delhi

    A proposal by India's health minister that doctors should take exams every five years to keep themselves updated on medical advances and reregister to retain their licenses has triggered debate in the medical community.

    The health minister, Anbumani Ramadoss, is a medical doctor, and his proposals are in line with recommendations first made by the Indian health ministry five years ago but which were never implemented. The United Kingdom has similar plans to revalidate its doctors. Due to take effect next month, these were postponed after the Shipman inquiry recommendations …

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