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The RCGP has set itself on a collision course with the BMA and GMC after accusing the council of 'complacency'.

RCGP chair Dr Mayur Lakhani said the GMC was failing to accept that an overhaul of revalidation was necessary as a result of the Shipman Inquiry.

'We can make it work without creating inappropriate assessment. It's not rocket science, but I feel they are being too complacent,' he said.

The college has backed Dame Janet Smith's call for major changes to revalidation and wants its folder of evidence to be the foundation of a new system for GPs.

But Dr Lakhani's comments were shot down by BMA chair James Johnson.

Mr Johnson, who will sit alongside Dr Lakhani on the Government-commissioned re- view of revalidation and the GMC's role, said the council's model would be hard to

better. He added that Dame Janet's criticisms were 'in many ways unfair'.

He said: 'I'm not sure what drastic changes it could make. The GMC had undertaken a number of reforms and some of them had only been in place for a month when the report came out.'

GMC president Sir Graeme Catto told a BMA meeting last week that it had been the victim of a 'well-oiled' Government spin machine. He denied the GMC was in crisis and said 40 per cent of Dame Janet's recommendations were for ministers to act on.

Sir Graeme said: 'The concerns raised over the GMC are a smokescreen for an attack on the profession.

'It has been well managed by the Government. Jeremy Paxman's microphone is under my nose and not the

minister's.'

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