GPs face paying to be revalidated

GPs could have to pay for revalidation, as the GPC warns it has 'no idea' who is going to pay for the scheme.

GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman has expressed concerns about the unknown cost of the policy and the difficulty it would cause for sessional GPs.

‘I have been asking who will pay for this process for the last 10 years, and I have never got an answer,’ said Dr Buckman, admitting it was a possibility that GPs would have to pay.

PCTs have already refused to fund appraisals for sessional GPs, who will also experience huge difficulty getting the feedback necessary for their appraisal, said Dr Buckman.

The CMO for England and the RCGP were still looking for evidence that multi-source feedback, a component of the appraisal process, works, said Dr Buckman.

‘That is going to be a problem for people who don’t have a place of work because you’re not always in the same place long enough to have multiple sources to feedback.’

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