GPC will block revalidation unless remediation issues resolved

The GPC will block the implementation of revalidation unless the key issue of who will foot the bill for remediation has been resolved, the GPC chairman has warned.

Dr Buckman: Concerns on how the remediation process will work
Dr Laurence Buckman warned that there are still ‘enormous holes’ in the revalidation plans as it is still unclear how the remediation process will work.

He also raised concerns that that the difficulties sessional GPs have in gathering supporting information, such as multi-source feedback and serious incidents, have still not been resolved.

Dr Buckman said that until these issues are solved the GPC cannot support the revalidation proposals.

He said: ‘Remediation has to be funded. The NHS has to do it and we have been making that clear for years. And yet still no positive view has been put about remediation to the medical public.

‘If remediation isn’t in the package and if dealing with this large group of [sessional doctors] is not dealt with then the process cannot proceed.’

Dr Buckman said he would not advocate industrial action over the issue, but he said he does not ‘want to start uttering threats’ about what action could be taken.

He said: ‘If these two points are not resolved we will be saying to the GMC that we can’t do this and that I am going to have to have to write to GPs to tell them this can’t be done because there are two big chunks missing.’

Dr Buckman also raised concerns that some primary care organisations (PCOs) across the UK are already implementing strengthened appraisal ahead of the launch of revalidation.

He said GPs should refuse to undergo strengthened appraisal until regulations are put in place.

He said: ‘You obviously must be appraised and present the information required. But you don’t have to do more because somebody has thought up a whizzo scheme for making it tougher than it already is.

‘You do not do enhanced appraisal until we know what enhanced appraisal looks like. No PCO should be demanding it. Important to say to appraiser that you will do what’s in the regulations.’

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