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Appraisals 'not the only route to revalidation' for GPs

The GMC has refuted claims by

LMCs and primary care organisations that it will be impossible for GPs to achieve revalidation without having completed an appraisal.

Southend on Sea PCT in Essex told GPs revalidation would be 'entirely based on appraisal', even though a separate independent system exists.

Kent LMC has also told GPs they would need to have 'undertaken at least one cycle of appraisal by April 2005'.

Some primary care organisations have still not started appraising GPs and many that have are staging the process over a number of years.

Dr Rupert Halliday , joint clinical governance lead at Southend on Sea PCT, said the appraisal route was more 'simple and straightforward'.

The GMC said most GPs will use evidence of participation in appraisal as a means of proving they had met the principles of good practice, but the independent evidence GPs would have to get for the alternative route to revalidation was 'the same as that used to support appraisal'.

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