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GPs strike off more patients as surgery violence rises

Knowledge tests should not be included as a central plank of revalidation, the GPC and RCGP have warned.

In a joint statement designed to influencing the chief medical officer's review of revalidation, the two organisations said 'routine use' of knowledge tests had 'no merit'.

GPC chair Dr Hamish Meldrum said: 'They should not be routinely carried out.'

The GPC also backed the use of the RCGP's 'Portfolio of Evidence of Professional Standards for the Revalidation of GPs' as a template for assessing performance.

The portfolio involves GPs compiling a folder of evidence on a range of performance

areas such as maintaining good medical practice and

relationships with patients.

Dr Meldrum said both the RCGP and GPC were against scrapping the GMC.

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