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The Government's announcement of a wholesale review of revalidation and an indefinite delay in its start date heaps further embarrassment on the GMC. It also shows up the council's deep-rooted complacency. In the aftermath of the devastating Shipman Inquiry report, the GMC said it did not believe it would have to make major changes to the scheme. This response utterly misjudged the mood of the public and policymakers.

By sticking its head in the sand, the GMC has now lost the power to sort out the scheme itself and will have to submit to the Government's demands.

Doctors accept revalidation is inevitable and necessary. They just want it to be fair, unbureaucratic and about performance, not persecution. The GMC's complacency has damaged its own standing and, more importantly, continues to damage doctors.

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