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Revalidation roll-out delayed

2nd June 2010

The government has said that a plan to carry out "medical MOTs" will be delayed in order to carry out more pilot schemes. 

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The idea, which was first put forward a decade ago, would involve doctors' capability being regularly assessed. 

The British Medical Association (BMA) said recently that the proposals for checks every five years should go "back to the drawing board".

The government has said that pilot schemes to test out the idea should carry on until 2012.

Doctors' unions have objected to the plans, saying that they were "expensive and disproportionate" and would not be effective. The General Medical Council (GMC) is consulting on the proposals.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley stated that he did not have "sufficient confidence" in the timings proposed by the GMC.

He said: "I do not yet have sufficient confidence that there will be time properly to gather and evaluate evidence on all aspects of revalidation and to amend plans in the light of current pilots in the NHS."

The chairman of the BMA, Dr Hamish Meldrum, said that he supported the government's decision to delay the plans.

He said: "The BMA is pleased that the Department of Health in England has echoed the concerns of many doctors that, for revalidation to work, it must be based on good evidence."

 

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