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GP appraisal checks before revalidation

Primary care organisations' clinical governance leads will have to confirm GPs have had an appraisal for it to count towards their revalidation, the GMC has ruled.

The decision comes after growing concern from the Shipman Inquiry that further checks were needed to verify GPs had been appraised.

The GMC had said previously that GPs could complete and return their own declarations confirming they had been appraised. It would verify the accuracy of these declarations through spot checks.

The GMC also said previous statements that

'five appraisals will mean revalidation' were 'unhelpful'.

Stephen Brearley, chair of the registration council at the GMC, said the change was intended to ensure greater public confidence in GPs and was not an admission that appraisal was an insufficient guide to their fitness to practise.

'PCT leads are in a good position to confirm the appraisal took place satisfactorily and that there are no other concerns,' he said. 'The details remain to be finalised but I don't believe it would constitute more work for GPs.'

He added that the GMC was likely to ask the GP to fill in a form confirming the

appraisal.

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