The GP who practises from a shed
Sir Graeme Catto's recent comments that the GMC has been the victim of Government spin were a welcome sign that the council has not had its backbone excised. But it needs to do far more to stave off the crisis enveloping it.
Bleating about underhand Government tactics will not prevent revalidation becoming a nightmare for doctors. The GMC must set down exactly what revalidation is and what it is for something no one has yet done since the Shipman Inquiry's criticisms.
Then it needs to campaign ceaselessly, both in public and behind closed doors, for its vision.
It has the power to do it. The Government needs more doctors and cannot afford to see thousands quit.
In fighting for sensible, non-punitive,
non-bureaucratic revalidation, the GMC will be protecting patients not being 'pro-doctor'. As Dr David Hartley writes (Letters, page 29): 'There is no crisis of public confidence in doctors.'