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Letters Performance assessment

Call for a new national performance assessment body for doctors led by the health secretary

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: (Published 23 August 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3433
  1. A R Sooltan, retired general practitioner
  1. Leeds LS15 9DX, UK
  1. abdool.sooltan{at}

Performance assessment of hospital doctors and general practitioners is initiated by NHS England. Doctors are referred to the General Medical Council for further assessment and sanctioning, a process that can span over years with a heavy toll. It can destroy the doctor’s career, health, life, and family.1 To the country, the cost of suspension is colossal. Retaining and recruiting doctors …

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