Rapid responses are electronic letters to the editor. They enable our users to debate issues raised in articles published on thebmj.com. Although a selection of rapid responses will be included online and in print as readers' letters, their first appearance online means that they are published articles. If you need the url (web address) of an individual response, perhaps for citation purposes, simply click on the response headline and copy the url from the browser window. Letters are indexed in PubMed.
It is time that the physicians of the UK consider active opposition of the "revalidation" schemes imposed based on flawed premise that this will in any way improve medical care in the UK. Clearly, this was introduced as a political response to the Harold Shipman deaths-see https://www.theguardian.com/society/2005/aug/25/health.shipman .
A recent American publication analyzed the matter of Reflective Practice as essential component of Revalidation in a book review worth reading: Developing Reflective Practice: A Guide for Medical Students, Doctors, and Teachers
Kempen, Paul Martin MD, PhD
Anesthesia & Analgesia: February 2018 - Volume 126 - Issue 2 - p 721–722
In the USA the American Board of Medical Specialties has in the past decade assumed the same job and imposition as the UK GMC-this has elicited a firestorm of opposition from the medical profession which can be reviewed in depth at http://changeboardrecert.com/ . It is time for physicians to regain control of medical practice in all countries and abolish unproven oversight via political motivations which are impairing the care of patients.