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An open letter to Dr Mayur Lakhani, chair of the RCGP council

I was surprised and disappointed to see the RCGP's support for the Shipman Inquiry's call for 'tough new revalidation' criteria. I would like to see evidence that there is a major crisis in the quality of general practice in the UK before we go any further with this debate.

There is no public crisis of confidence, simply a government determined to destroy general practice as we know it and which is over-regulating and over-inspecting us.

Who do the public trust more, doctors or politicians? You should be making the Government justify their case, not helping them, unless you wish the RCGP to be associated with this further nail in the coffin of our profession.

I am happy with appraisals and have a personal development plan full of learning diaries, PUNs and DENs, audits, significant events analysis and reflection.

How is the punitive revalidation of Dame Janet going to improve my functioning as a doctor? I simply see it as further stress and time away from patient care.

What is more, most of my colleagues do as well (I am on the North Yorkshire LMC).

The older ones are all counting their days to retirement. When they leave, the stress on those remaining will rise as there has been no significant increase in recruitment, and so standards will fall as workloads rise further.

I see the RCGP as a representive body for GPs, but in this matter very much out of touch. Until you can convince me that your stand is beneficial to the public and profession I will feel it necessary to stop my subscription.

Dr David Hartley

Stonebow, York

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