Letters: Revalidation article did not reflect GMC position

The article 'Locums may face extra charge for revalidation' does not accurately represent the GMC position, being based upon a discussion paper considered by the Council of the GMC at its meeting on 22 October (GP, 30 October).

Rather than setting out a GMC policy position as the article implies, the paper sought to highlight issues arising from the DoH's recent consultation paper on the proposed role of the responsible officer in revalidation. In particular, it drew attention to the fact that the consultation left key questions unanswered, one of which was the position of locum doctors.

The paper emphasised practical difficulties if those questions were not properly addressed. We will be discussing these issues with the DoH and others to ensure fair and practical systems are in place before revalidation commences.

Paul Buckley, GMC director of education and revalidation, London

- Editor's note: The article does not at any point imply that this is GMC policy. It states quite clearly that this is a response to a DoH consultation.

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