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Letters Appraisal and revalidation for UK doctors

We don’t need bad doctors, but we don’t need bad appraisals and revalidations either

BMJ 2020; 371 doi: (Published 19 October 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;371:m4033
  1. Terry Kemple, retired general practitioner
  1. Failand BS8 3SL, UK
  1. tjkemple{at}

Whistleblowing on the flawed structure and process of NHS appraisal and General Medical Council revalidation is both a professional duty and overdue.1 When NHS appraisals started in 2002, a general practitioner I knew said: “I don’t see the need for this—when I look around I don’t see any bad doctors.” At that moment I realised the truism: “If I look around and can’t see …

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