Patients support GP revalidation

The GMC is making the case for revalidation by publishing figures that show it will boost more than two in three patients' trust in their doctor.

The GMC commissioned pollster Opinion Matters to ask 2,300 patients how confident they felt in the last doctor they saw. It asked if knowing doctors were regularly appraised would boost trust.

Fourteen per cent of patients were not confident in the last doctor they saw, and 3 per cent were 'very unconfident'. Seventy-one per cent agreed that revalidation would boost their confidence.

But more than one third of the patients with least trust in their doctor said revalidation would lessen their confidence.

The UK LMCs conference in June will debate concerns that revalidation is too burdensome, underfunded, not backed by GPs and will make 'excellent and experienced' GPs retire early.

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