Patchy appraisals are undermining efforts to introduce revalidation

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 08 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6307
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The quality and variety of appraisals currently experienced by doctors around the United Kingdom is delaying the already overdue process of introducing revalidation for clinicians, MPs have been told.

MPs on the parliamentary select committee on health asked doctors’ representatives on 4 November their opinion of the ongoing effort to introduce revalidation—the process by which doctors demonstrate to the General Medical Council on a regular basis that they are up to date and fit to practise.

Pilots are taking place in London and West Yorkshire, but in June the Department of Health for England decided to extend piloting so that revalidation will not now be fully implemented until 2012 at the …

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