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Funding for 'real cost' of revalidation still to be decided, says Buckman

By Gareth Iacobucci

No decision has yet been made on who will fund revalidation, according to GP leaders.

The Department of Health this week hinted that no additional funding will be released to fund the enhanced appraisals process, which it said should not cost more than existing setups.

This echoes the words of new GMC chair Professor Peter Rubin, who told Pulse last month that costing for appraisals ‘should already be there' or at least ‘already be planned for' by PCTs and GPs.

But GPC chair Dr Laurence Buckman said that no decision had yet been taken on how to pay for the ‘real cost' of revalidation, likely to be the cost of remediation processes.

‘Enhanced appraisal will cost more than the present appraisal but probably not very much more,' he said. ‘But the real cost is remediation, which is going to cost a lot more money, and someone is going to have to work out how they are going to pay for that.'

The BMA recently warned the Government that it must meet all costs of revalidation if it is to gain GPs' full support for the rollout, with doctors at the association's Annual Representative Meeting carrying a motion demanding both ‘direct and indirect costs' be met.

Dr Terry John, GPC member and its lead on revalidation, said appraisers would be entitled to expect extra remuneration for taking on greater responsibility, and warned the Government that revalidation ‘cannot be funded on the cheap'.

‘If you want a high-quality Rolls Royce sort of thing, this can't be magicked up out of thin air,' he said.

GPC chair Dr Laurence Buckman GPC chair Dr Laurence Buckman

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