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GP licensing to go ahead next year

The GMC intends to push ahead with its plans to introduce licensing of GPs next year.

Finlay Scott, chief executive of the GMC, said the council wanted to introduce the licensing aspect of revalidation quickly, whatever the pace of change in other aspects of medical regulation.

Relicensure is part of the chief medical officer's Good Doctors, Safer Patients proposals, but unlike some changes does not require primary legislation.

Appraisal, 360 degree feedback, and local processes that include lay input will be used to judge whether doctors get and retain a licence to practice.

Mr Scott said: 'What we need is secondary legislation. The first stage would then be the issuing

of licences to practise. We could proceed with that relatively quickly once we get the go-ahead.'

The GMC sees licensing as a chance to collect data on equality as well as GPs' scope of practice.

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