Education And Debate

Excellent review scheme for critical incidents but insufficient for revalidation

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 12 May 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1143
  1. Mayur Lakhani, chairman of council (
  1. 1 Royal College of General Practitioners, London SW1 7PU

    I want to consider the potential use of the Scottish Audit of Surgical Mortality (SASM)1 scheme for revalidation of surgeons. Revalidation is an important policy initiative in the United Kingdom from the medical profession's regulatory body, the General Medical Council.2 It is aimed at ensuring that doctors remain up to date and fit to practise, and is also a way of restoring and retaining the public's trust in doctors. The policy is in some difficulty, and the government has ordered a review of how revalidation can be made to work.

    The Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Senate of Surgery recommend that …

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