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Government pledges shorter appraisals for doctors as part of drive to cut bureaucracy

BMJ 2020; 371 doi: (Published 25 November 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;371:m4595
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

The government has said it wants shorter appraisals for doctors as part of its drive to reduce excess bureaucracy in the NHS.

A new appraisal format, which only takes 30 minutes to prepare and requires far less supporting evidence, has been in place since October 2020,1 after appraisals were suspended in March because of the covid-19 pandemic. A Department of Health and Social Care strategy document published on 24 November2 said the process will be retained subject to evaluation.

Streamlining appraisals is one of eight priority areas identified in the strategy for reducing bureaucracy. Others include making professional regulation proportionate, giving GPs more time …

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