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The General Medical Council and the future of revalidation: Revalidation, discretionary points, clinical excellence awards—steps on the same ladder

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 16 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1446
  1. Anton E A Joseph (, consultant radiologist
  1. Mayday Healthcare NHS Trust, Croydon, Surrey CR7 7YE

    EDITOR—With reference to the article by Esmail,1 the purpose of revalidation is to ensure that doctors provide safe, effective health care for patients. The quality of health care that the patient receives could therefore be the basis of revalidation, rather than a measure of the skills and knowledge of the doctor.

    Clinical governance could be adapted for purposes …

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