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BMA calls on Government to meet 'all costs' for revalidation

By Gareth Iacobucci

The Government has been warned it must meet all costs of revalidation if it is to gain doctors full support for the rollout.

Doctors at the BMA's Annual Representative Meeting carried a motion pledging support for ‘a fair licensing and revalidation scheme', provided the Government meets ‘both direct and indirect costs'.

A separate strand of motion, also carried, demanded a system that was ‘not overly onerous' on doctors, while sufficient enough to provide confidence that doctor is fit to practise.

The motion on costing was carried despite warnings that doctors could end up with a worse system than those proposed by Royal College's if they are too confrontational with the Government.

‘We have to be very careful what we ask for,' said Dr Helena McKeown, a GP in Salisbury, who spoke against the motion.

‘Will the Government really spend the money we need for this? We could get cheap and nasty multiple choice exams. We won't get what we actually want to get,' she warned.

However, Dr Stuart Blake, a GP in Edinburgh, proposing the motion, said it was right to expect the Government to meet all costs associated with the process, as it was being done on their will.

‘Revalidation can be beneficial, provided the system is implemented properly,' he said.

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