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GPs' performance against the quality framework is likely to be included in the new revalidation process, GMC president Professor Sir Graeme Catto has revealed.

Sir Graeme told Pulse he expected more use would be made of IT systems to get information about GPs and this would naturally include quality framework data.

'I'm sure it will be built in that way,' he said. 'That's the way people would want it to go rather than putting a further burden on practitioners.'

Sir Graeme also conceded he expected 'significant' chan-ges to the GMC's original plans for revalidation to come out of the Chief Medical Officer's review of the scheme.

The GMC has insisted previously that only 'evolutionary' changes needed to be made.

Sir Graeme said: 'We need to be much more explicit about what doctors should include in folders, about how our own quality assurance and sampling will work and what we are looking for ­ whether there are warnings or indications performance is deteriorating.'

He added that the review, of which he is a member, was working towards implemeting revalidation from April 2006.

CMO Sir Liam Donaldson was 'extremely unlikely' to demand the GMC be scrapped, Sir Graeme said.

'If there's a better way of regulating the profession [it will be considered]. But I don't detect that at this time and you should not be reading that into the review.'

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