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Patients and doctors are at odds over how often GPs should be revalidated, a Government commissioned survey has revealed.

While 46 per cent members of the public want GPs checked every year, just 16 per cent of GPs favour yearly revalidation.

In contrast, 43 per cent of GPs favour checks every five years, while only 17 per cent of the public agreed.

One in five of 200 GPs questioned by MORI said doctors should only be revalidated if there was cause for concern about their performance.

GPs and patients also disagree about who should carry out revalidation.

The favoured option among the 2,195 patients questioned was a mixture of qualified professionals and expert lay people (52 per cent), whereas 58 per cent of GPs said assessment by doctors only was the best.

Dr Brian Keighley, a member of GMC council and a GP in Balfron, East Stirlingshire said:

‘Patients don't realise that if doctors spent all their time getting ready for these formal tests access would be even worse.'

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