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Five-year doctor checks system concern

8th February 2011

Government ministers have said that the health service needs to make certain that the new assessment system can begin at the end of 2012.

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Under the present system, doctors can carry out their entire career without ever undergoing assessment to determine the quality of care they provide.

The concept of carrying out checks was first proposed in 2000 and the current plan is to carry out checks every five years from 2012.

However, the House of Commons Health Committee said difficulties still existed within the system and they needed to be resolved before it was launched.

The committee warned that more thought needed to be given as to how badly performing doctors would be dealt with.

They added that the General Medical Council needed to provide better guidance.

GMC chief executive Niall Dickson said he was in agreement with the committee that there should be no delays in introducing the checks in 2012.

"We are working on a number of other fronts to make sure revalidation is fit for purpose", he added.

 

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