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Government to consult on cost of revalidation

By Steve Nowottny

Exclusive: The Department of Health is to consult with a range of stakeholders over how different ways of implementing revalidation could affect the overall cost of the project, Pulse can reveal.

Information obtained by Pulse under the Freedom of Information Act shows that the DH is currently working on a full impact assessment of medical revalidation, assessing potential benefits and costs.

The revalidation project has been dominated by the question of who will pay for it in recent months, with Dr Terry John, the GPC's lead on revalidation, telling the LMCs conference in June that it would be ‘totally unacceptable' for the project not to be accompanied with new funding.

In response to Pulse's Freedom of Information request, the DH insisted that ‘as this work is at early implementation stages, estimate costs are not yet known to us'.

But it added: ‘In developing the impact assessment, the DH will be consulting a range of stakeholders to understand the potential costs of revalidation and how these could vary with different approaches to implementing the revalidation process.'

‘Over the next year, a number of pilot schemes will be run to test the processes and obtain robust information on the costs.'

The DH refused to release details of discussions it has already held with stakeholders over how revalidation should be paid for, citing an exemption to the FOI Act relating to the formulation of Government policy.

‘We appreciate that the availability of information regarding medical revalidation is in the public interest,' it said.

‘However, in this instance, we must also take into consideration the public interest in ensuring that any discussions and ideas surrounding the formulation of policy are not inhibited or prejudiced by public and media scrutiny and speculation before they have been fully developed or evaluated.'

The Department of Health is to consult on the cost of revalidation The Department of Health is to consult on the cost of revalidation

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