LMCs want revalidation funds as credits axed

LMCs conference - 2009 GPs demand revalidation funding l GP Diary: conference refuses to get personal.

LMCs have demanded that revalidation is 'fully funded and resourced' by the DoH, as the GPC said it was 'totally unacceptable' without new money.

In a debate on revalidation, cost and complexity headed GPs' worries. But they also feared it will undermine sessional GPs.

Professor Mike Pringle, the RCGP revalidation lead, said revalidation will only go ahead when tested. He added that it does not 'really matter' if the current start date of 2011 slips.

He promised the controversial credits system would be scrapped and replaced with a system based on hours spent on continuing professional development, weighted for 'impact'.

Delegates nonetheless voted emphatically to reject the proposed system of 250 learning credits over five years.

Dr Frances Cranfield, of Hertfordshire LMC, characterised the proposals as 'frighteningly time-consuming' and warned full-time GPs would lose two weeks a year of patient contact.

Dr Terry John, GPC revalidation lead, said that at a recent DoH revalidation support team conference, one speaker said he expected no new funding.

'I think this is totally unacceptable,' Dr John said. 'If we don't have the resources, revalidation will not take place in the way we would like it to.'

Professor Pringle called costing 'the big, big issue'. He added: 'I want to make sure revalidation is feasible and is resourced.'

Dr Eleanor Scott, of Barnet LMC, warned sessional GPs may face 'summative exams' because revalidation proposals were not suited to them. 'If they decline, they won't be revalidated. If they agree they put their careers on the line every five years.'

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