Revalidation key in RCGP president race

Revalidation is shaping up to be a key battleground in the race to become RCGP president.

GP newspaper asked the three candidates to write letters explaining why they should be elected and will publish edited versions in the 1 May edition. Read this PDF for the full versions.

South London GP Dr Una Coales said: ‘When considering revalidation, let us remember David Sackett, the father of evidence-based medicine, and let decision-making be justified with evidence and not the political flavour of the day.’

South Wales GP Dr Has Joshi said: ‘I am leading in formulating the proposals on remediation for doctors who are likely to experience problems revalidating. I strongly believe that revalidation without appropriate remediation measures and resource allocation for both revalidation and remediation is likely to divide the profession and destroy the careers of many GPs who may find revalidation challenging for one reason or another.’

North London GP Dr Iona Heath said: ‘The president has no direct input into policy decisions other than as a member of council and it therefore seems inappropriate to campaign on particular policy issues.’

The election is open to all RCGP members. The presidential role is largely ceremonial and is not involved in college policy. Unlike other medical royal colleges, it is the RCGP chairman whose role is to provide the political, academic and governance overview and leadership of the college.

Ballots are posted this week and voting closes at midday on 29 May. The result will be announced in June. Current president Professor David Haslam stands down in November. The post runs for three years.

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