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Putting the validation back into revalidation


An exam would be a disaster. After a few years, some bright spark would say the pass rate is too high. We'd then face pressure to 'fail' more doctors and those that didn't pass would probably end up subject to investigation or thrown on the scrap heap. How would you explain to patients that the GP they trusted had just failed his exams? Would patients then demand compensation for having a failing GP? Good partnerships would be torn appart. Not only this but the content of such a test would end up polluted by whatever rubbish NICE dreamt up last week or stuff we never ever see that bears no relevance to the job. Anyone who has ever done an e-learning for health module will understand what a dispiriting experience this is. Oh and did I mention the cost of this would no doubt rise? It's simply not appropriate to make people sit exams into their 40s and 50s. At some point we have to accept we are grown ups and trust one-another to get on with it.

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05 Jan 2018

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