Questions remain over remediation

Decisions about who should foot the bill for remediation remain unresolved, with just over a year to go before revalidation starts.

RCGP revalidation lead Professor Mike Pringle told GP this was a 'major issue' to be solved before revalidation starts in late 2012. He said the process should not start with 'any uncertainty'.

He said: 'In a perfect world all PCTs should be sorting out issues around poor performing doctors and in theory the demand for extra resources should be minimum. But the big conundrum is how much resource we will need to make this work.'

Professor Pringle added that the number of doctors likely to need remediation will 'not be as great as we fear'. He would not specify how many doctors were likely to need remediation, but said that 5% would be 'way beyond my expectations'.

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