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Margaret McCartney: We must look at the whole impact of revalidation

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k2323 (Published 29 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2323

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Re: Margaret McCartney: We must look at the whole impact of revalidation

I strongly agree with Margaret McCartney that significant harms are caused by revalidation. It can be a major distraction that reduces the amount of time available for patient care, effective study or just ordering one’s thoughts (which is so important in Psychiatry), while chasing after CPD points promotes stress, blunts intellectual curiosity and interferes with finding a satisfactory work-life balance – it is no wonder that some doctors feel driven to early retirement!

As well as being a significant expense (discriminating against those on lower incomes), I fear that insisting doctors squander their time, energy and focus in this way is actually damaging the quality of care given to patients.

Competing interests: To continue practising as a doctor I must undergo revalidation.

02 June 2018
Peter J T Balfour
Locum Addiction Psychiatrist
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Ashton-u-Lyne