BMA comment on revalidation roll out

Three Doctors
Published on Friday, 19 October 2012 14:14
Posted by Vicki Mitchem

Commenting on the announcement today that the Secretary of State for Health has given the go ahead to revalidation and has confirmed that roll out will begin in December 2012, Chair of BMA Council, Dr Mark Porter, said:

"The BMA has always supported the principle of revalidation – we believe it is important that our patients have confidence that doctors have up-to-date skills and knowledge to be able to offer them the best possible care.

"It is important to recognise, that while revalidation will undoubtedly enhance the rigorous testing that doctors undergo, clinicians are already offering patients a very high quality service and robust systems are currently in place to deal with any concerns.

"There is too much bureaucracy in the NHS and so we have to be careful that revalidation does not add to this unnecessarily. The system soon to be rolled out is much better than the one initially put forward. But we still need to ensure consistency across the UK so that all doctors are working to the same standards. And it is vital that sufficient support exists across the UK for those doctors who need it."

He added:

"It is essential that revalidation is reviewed every step of way so that we can be sure that the system works for patients and for doctors."

Source: ©BMA

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