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Show me how revalidation will work and I'll rejoin RCGP

From Dr Adam Pringle, Telford, Shropshire

From Dr Adam Pringle, Telford, Shropshire

Dr Chris Walker (Letters, 22 March) suggests disengagement from the RCGP is the wrong response to the proposed new system of revalidation.

The college has made little attempt to engage with me – its only attempt to invite my views arrived several weeks after its consultation period closed. The college (along with all the other colleges and the Chief Medical Officer) may be delighted to support a process that will increase its income and power, but it has made no attempt to share with the rest of us how it will actually work.

If the process has no valid tests, as the CMO states, it cannot work, and it is foolish to support it. If there are valid tests, why has nobody bothered to tell us what they will be and how they will work?

If anyone from the college can demonstrate a workable tested model that will clearly deliver some public benefit, without placing an excessive burden on its members, then it deserves my support, and I will happily rejoin.

If it cannot, then it needs to explain why it is so strongly in favour of something that is at present no more than an unworkable concept. The last 'big idea' to be driven forward in this way was MMC/MTAS, and if a similar disaster is to be inflicted on the profession I would prefer not to have contributed to its design.

• 'It's not about the money' – the RCGP chair interviewed, page 18

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