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New medical revalidation system for doctors to start in December

19th October 2012

The Department of Health has announced that a new medical revalidation programme, which will ensure doctors regularly prove they are fit to practise, will debut this December.

Applying to all doctors in the UK – including locum staff and private sector employees – the new revalidation process will occur every five years, with annual appraisals by the General Medical Council also being introduced.

Responsible officers will be tasked with ensuring the evidence from these yearly checks, including quality improvement activity, feedback from colleagues or patient complaints, is reviewed thoroughly.

The system will help doctors stay up to date with the latest techniques, technologies and research, as well as tackling any of their concerns about skills such as communication and maintaining trust with patients.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt said: "Doctors save lives every day and making sure they are up to speed with the latest treatments and technologies will help them save even more. This is why a proper system of revalidation is so important."

The British Medical Association has cautiously welcomed the announcement, but said it is essential for measures to be taken to ensure the new system is consistent without being overly bureaucratic.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801472918-ADNFCR

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