Responding to Taking Revalidation Forward, Sir Keith Pearson’s review of medical revalidation, Dr Mark Porter, BMA council chair, said:
“The vast majority of doctors are good doctors - they have the skills, experience and expertise to deliver first-class care.
“Revalidation helps strengthen patient trust by ensuring doctors have a system of regular appraisals.
“Reflecting many of the concerns raised by the BMA, this review highlights the importance of making the process less burdensome and more consistent. It also emphasises the importance of revalidation not being used as a tool to achieve objectives beyond the scope of the GMC’s requirements.
“While many of the recommendations will be broadly welcomed by doctors, it not yet clear how this how these will be turned into a reality. The BMA will continue to press the GMC and other bodies about the actions needed to relieve the unnecessary burden that revalidation can sometimes place on doctors, in order to ensure the process delivers for patients, doctors and the NHS.”
Notes to editors
The British Medical Association (BMA) is the voice of doctors and medical students in the UK. It is an apolitical professional organisation and independent trade union, representing doctors and medical students from all branches of medicine across the UK and supporting them to deliver the highest standards of care.