BMA supports revalidation after DH pledges funding for remediation

The BMA has backed the roll-out of revalidation after a commitment from the NHS Commissioning Board that it would fund remediation for doctors who need it.

BMA: backing revalidation after assurances on remediation

BMA chairman Dr Mark Porter revealed plans for the NCB to fund GP remediation in a statement issued as the UK Revalidation Programme Board met to discuss nationwide preparedness for revalidation.

Dr Porter said: ‘In addition to improvements secured over the past few years, we are encouraged by a commitment given this week that the NCB will establish funding to support GPs who need remediation away from their place of work, and confirmation that the responsibility for funding remedial placements and assessments for GPs will rest with commissioners.’

‘Fair and reasonable access to funding will be determined through a set of criteria determined by the NCB working with the BMA.'

The GPC had threatened to block revalidation unless funding for remediation was made available, arguing that the cost should not fall to GPs.

Earlier this year a survey by the Revalidation Support Team found that just 45.9% of PCTs had a policy in place for remediation.

Today’s meeting of the UK Revalidation Programme Board will feed into a GMC council meeting on 27 September. At the meeting GMC council members will decide whether to recommend to the health secretary that revalidation should go ahead.

Dr Mark Porter said: ‘The BMA believes that while there is significantly more work to be done to get revalidation into proper shape, the seven principles for implementation established by the BMA have been broadly recognised and sufficiently addressed to enable the GMC to proceed with its timetable.

‘We will be providing full support to our members as and when revalidation is rolled out. We will also continue to press for action on a range of issues that require further work. It is essential that revalidation is reviewed every step of the way by all parties so that we can be sure that the system is working for patients and for doctors.’

The GMC today announced that Professor Sir Peter Rubin had become its first appointed chairman.

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