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What will be the real cost of revalidation?

To pretend that the biggest change to the professional regulation of doctors in 150 years will come at no additional cost is not going to make the GMC's Professor Peter Rubin many friends outside Whitehall (‘Revalidation will cost taxpayers millions').

Professor Martin Marshall addresses this in July's British Journal of General Practice, in his editorial ‘Revalidation: a professional imperative'.

He writes: ‘What the costs will be is still unclear, but the total costs to the health system are likely to be substantial. They will be incurred at the level of the individual doctor (producing and acting on the portfolio), the practice team (completing the MSF and supporting individual clinicians), the local health system (investment in infrastructure and training, appraiser time, assessment and remediation processes) and at a national level (the work of the college and the GMC).'

From Dr Stephanie Franz, Bristol

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