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'Women undermine GP consultations'

The GMC has revised the

order in which registration numbers will be used to select when GPs have their first revalidation.

The first group of doctors to be revalidated will be those who have a zero as the penultimate figure in their GMC registration number. They will be contacted by late autumn and their revalidations will start from April 2005.

Previously, those with a five as the penultimate figure in their registration number were also due for revalidation in the first year – they will not now be revalidated until 2009.

Dr Krishna Korlipara, a GP in Bolton and a member of the revalidation working group – consisting of the RCGP, GMC, GPC and Department of Health – said the smaller group in the first year was designed to ensure the smooth introduction of revalidation.

In 2006 those doctors with a one or a six as the penultimate figure in their registration will be revalidated; those with two or seven will undergo it in the next year; those with three or eight the next year; and four, five and nine in 2009.

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