Any plans for overseas firms to handle GP revalidation feedback would not be acceptable, the GPC has warned.
As part of revalidation, GPs will be advised to ask 15 colleagues to rate them on factors including diagnosis, clinical knowledge and record-keeping (GP, 11 April). GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman has deemed this ‘a waste of time’.
GPC Scotland chairman and GPC revalidation lead Dr Dean Marshall said questionnaires would have to be collected and analysed by independent bodies, at GPs’ expense. ‘This has to be done independently and GPs are going to have to pay for it.’
The GMC has said independent organisations must handle the data because the doctor, appraiser and responsible officer must not be involved.
GMC guidance for appraisers says GPs must give a survey organisation a list of nominated colleagues, with contact details. The firm invites the colleagues to complete a questionnaire and gives GPs anonymised results.
Dr Marshall said many organisations may offer to manage the data, but GPs would not be free to choose which they used. ‘You can’t say: "I’m going to use the cheapest one.". You have to agree this with your appraiser,’ he said.
A GMC spokeswoman confirmed it would not ‘specify a required location’ of firms providing the services. She added: ‘Who pays is a matter that should be determined locally.’
Dr Buckman said that the feedback data should not be sent outside the UK.