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GPs buried under trusts' workload dump

GMC anger at revalidation delay

By Helen Crump

The entire system of regulation and performance management of GPs is being undermined

by continuing delays in the introduction of revalidation, the president of the GMC claims.

Professor Sir Graeme Catto said the delays had contributed to problems with appraisal and had made it harder for the GMC to fulfil its role.

Speaking of his 'frustration' at the long wait for Chief Medical Officer Sir Liam Donaldson's report on regulation, Sir Graeme told Pulse: 'If you want to see a system working, you have to keep all aspects of it working.

'If you don't have the GMC pulling on that string, it tends to sag in other places.'

The CMO's report on regulation of GPs was originally due in January but has still not seen the light of day.

GPs and PCTs had 'taken their eye off the ball' in terms

of what they would poten-

tially need to do for revalid-ation because of the delay, he added.

Sir Graeme said the decision by six PCTs to scrap or delay appraisal funding was 'unfortunate' but urged GPs to continue collecting information under the seven headings set out in appraisal guidelines.

He said: 'The fact is that revalidation and appraisal were constructed to link together. If you weaken one, you weaken the other.'

Sir Graeme's comments came after GPs at the annual LMCs conference roundly criticised the GMC over its handling of complaints.

GPs demanded the GMC speed up its systems for dealing with complaints and demonstrate clearly that it believed doctors were 'innocent until proven guilty'.

They also attacked Sir Graeme for claiming in his speech to the conference that being investigated by the GMC was 'irritating' for GPs.

Dr Tony Grewal, vice-chair of Hillingdon LMC, said: 'Going through GMC procedures is not an irritation – for many doctors, it's a devastation.'

hcrump@cmpi.biz

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