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Consultation launched on revalidation for doctors; BREAKING HEALTH NEWS.

A CONSULTATION has been launched about revalidation for doctors in the UK.

The General Medical Council has set out the most comprehensive statement yet on revalidation, with proposals on how it will work, when it will be rolled out, and what doctors and employers need to do.

The consultation poses 20 key questions for those who will be affected in order to help shape the process.

Revalidation is about providing further assurance that the 10,065 doctors in Wales with a licence to practise medicine are up to date and fit to practise.

There will be a phased implementation following extensive piloting to ensure that it is proportionate and practicable.

Professor Peter Rubin, chair of the GMC, said: "In one sense, what is being proposed is no more than what should be happening in every doctor's practice - it is based on local systems of annual appraisal over five years and affirms what has already been demonstrated through that appraisal process.

"We want to hear from doctors, employers and patients across the UK in response to the consultation - we need to know the views of all of those affected to ensure that revalidation works, and is proportionate and flexible to meet the needs of a busy and diverse workforce."
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Mar 15, 2010
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