Recertification set to hand huge powers to responsible officers
By Gareth Iacobucci
The success of the vast majority of GPs in getting a certificate to practise would rest on the say so of one person under the GMC's preferred model for recertification, Pulse can reveal.
GMC documents on the recertification process, due to be trialled next year and rolled out in 2010, claim it will be too costly for the RCGP to be involved in all decisions, instead putting the onus on the new breed of responsible officers.
One possible model, involving regional RCGP advisers or tutors signing off all decisions by responsible officers, would cause ‘significant resource implications', the GMC paper said.
‘The RCGP, for example, would need to examine around 60,000 recertification recommendations', it added.
Another model, involving central sign off by the relevant college or faculty for every doctor, was described as inefficient and likely to lead to a huge burden and duplication.