GMC 'on track' to revalidate 30,000 doctors this year

The GMC has said it is on track to revalidate 30,000 UK doctors this year, despite nearly 1,000 clinicians having revalidation dates deferred in the scheme's first six months.

GMC: 30,000 doctors to be revalidated by end of 2013
GMC: 30,000 doctors to be revalidated by end of 2013

RCGP chairwoman Professor Clare Gerada was among the first wave of doctors to be revalidated by the GMC between 3 December 2012 and 3 June 2013.

Of 7,663 doctors revalidated in the first six months, 2,897 were GPs. Of these, 2,538 were from England, 194 from Scotland, 85 from Wales and 80 from Northern Ireland.

The GMC said it aims to have the ‘vast majority’ of doctors complete revalidation by 2016 and expects 30,000 to be revalidated this year. There are 235,000 licensed doctors in the UK.

GP exclusively revealed last month that 10% of doctors had their revalidation dates deferred. Today the GMC revealed that 321 GPs in England have had their revalidation date deferred over the six-month period to 3 June: 12 in Wales, 10 in Scotland and eight in Northern Ireland.

GMC chief executive Niall Dickson said he was delighted with the ‘success’ of the first six months of revalidation.

‘We hope the doctors have found it useful to reflect on their practice and to get feedback for both patients and colleagues,’ he said.

‘For some doctors this will be a big change but most should already have been having appraisals and reflecting on their practice throughout their careers.

‘Already revalidation has had a real impact on the ground with improvements in hospitals and other settings in the oversight of clinical practice. This is about helping to make sure patients in the UK receive safe, effective care.

‘We are confident that over time revalidation can make an important contribution to the quality of care that patients receive, giving them increased confidence that the doctors who treat them are up to date and fit to practise.’

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