GPs lose battle to delay introduction of revalidation

GP opponents of revalidation have lost their battle to delay introduction of the new system.

Ayrshire and Arran LMC proposed a motion to the national LMCs conference stating that revalidation was ‘cumbersome and expensive’ and should be put on hold during the current economic crisis.

An LMC spokesman told the conference that revalidation was a ‘Kafka-esque nightmare’ which would entail massive costs to the NHS at a time when the service could least afford it.

The extra burden on the workload of GPs would also be unmanageable, he said. ‘GP morale has run a roller-coaster ride over the past few years and we have nothing to be optimistic about.’

But Grampian GP Dr Neil Macritchie argued that revalidation was necessary to protect the image of the profession.

Stirlingshire GP Dr Brian Keighley said the issue was 'about professionalism'. 'If we throw out revalidation now, we will end up with something worse, involving more managerial interference,' he said.

Chairman of the GPC workforce and training committee Dr Terry John asked conference to reject the motion. He said the GPC wanted ‘simple and effective’ revalidation, which was professionally led and fair to all GPs.

‘This motion does not help us at all,' he said. 'We want to get revalidation in, and in the way that we want it.'

Conference rejected the motion.

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