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GMC member forced to stand down from disciplinary panel

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 19 January 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:168

Revalidating GMC members

I was intrigued by Dr Jennie Colmans letter in response to Claire
Dyers editorial. Firstly I am perplexed as to the meaning of that part of
the letter starting with "Doctors should reflect..." The letter seems
incomprehensible from thereon. I am reflecting on this news story and
correspondence as I reluctantly engage in putting my revalidation folder
together. I, like the majority of my colleagues have committed myself to a
combined effort of dedication to my patients alongside attempts at
maintaining scientific productivity. The current revalidation process
seems to punish the many for the sins of the few and compromises the time
I can give to my patients and the scientific endeavour for which I am
principally remunerated.

I dont know what revalidation mechanism is available for practitoners
with such rudimentary clinical experience. I do however wonder whether all
members of the GMC should be revalidated for a license to practise before
the rest of us are compelled to do this

Competing interests: No competing interests

22 January 2002
Robert W Kerwin
Professor of Clinical Neuropharmacology
Institute of Psychiatry, De Crespigny Park, London SE5