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Gynaecologists have right idea on revalidation

Instead of spending £1m fitting a square peg into a round hole by trying to revalidate locums, may I suggest that the RCGP should pause and consider the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologist's document on revalidation, released earlier this month ('GPs may be asked to "adopt" a locum in revalidation plan').

This thoroughly examines each assessment tool, draws reasonable conclusions based on analyses of cost-benefit and reliability, and includes discussion of international models of recertification.

The RCOG is advocating a simple and robust method of revalidation and has concluded that multi-source feedback plus continuing professional development alongside annual appraisals is cost-effective, simple and successfully assesses fitness to practise without being too burdensome.

I hope that the RCGP takes time to read this document and simplifies its current proposals for GP revalidation, which in my opinion are not cost-effective and are too complicated and burdensome.

From Dr Una Coales, Stockwell, south London

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