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I thank Adam Magos for his comments (BMJ 2019;367:16917) in response to my previous letter to the editor (BMJ 2019;367:16011) of 14 October 2019 about how the retired and retiring consultants could help to ease off the crisis caused by the shortage of physicians. He has made a valid point about how the issue of revalidation could be a hinderance to it. I am in full agreement with his view and did allude to this point in my letter. Both the GMC as well as Trusts have to admit to the negative contributory roles they are playing in this matter; the GMC through its rigid requirements for revalidation and Trusts through their rigid terms of employment. Perhaps a special category could be defined by the GMC with less rigid revalidation criteria for the clinicians who would be offering limited range of services. Retired consultants could fit very well into this category.
It is high time that the Royal College of Physicians take this issue up with the GMC and Trust hospitals.
Consultant Respiratory Physician (Retired)