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18,000 doctors could be struck off for failing to engage with revalidation

Around 18,000 non-NHS doctors have failed to engage with revalidation and risk losing their licence to practise, said the GMC.

The GMC said the doctors have failed to engage with the GMC despite several attempts to make contact. Its analysis shows that none of the doctors work in the NHS, almost half have an overseas address and more than a tenth are aged 65 or older.

The regulator added it will write to the doctors giving their revalidation date, but if they fail to respond the GMC will take steps to remove their license to practice medicine.

GMC chief executive Niall Dickson said: ‘There may be doctors who are not responding because want to give up their license and this is the point they’re going to do it. There will be a host of reasons, not necessarily just that they’re wilful.’

Una Lane, director of registration and revalidation at the GMC said: ‘Revalidation is now a legal process and doctors must engage with that process. The bottom line is that if they continue to fail to engage with us then we will take steps to remove their license.’

Dr Kailash Chand, deputy chair of the BMA and a retired GP, said: ‘We can’t let these 18,000 people go with these skills.

‘There are many [older doctors] who are concerned and can just call it a day with this huge paperwork.

He said he has spoken to ‘several’ semi-retired doctors who are being put off the revalidation process if they just want to work a day a week.

The GMC also said that PCTs were within their rights to seek more information from doctors for revalidation than was required by the GMC.

The GMC admitted there anecdotally they have heard of examples of PCTs seeking more information from doctors for revalidation than was required by the GMC.

It said it was ‘perfectly appropriate’ for PCTs to set certain contractual requirements for inclusion on the performers lists that have nothing to do with revalidation.

Una Lane added: ‘We’re quite clear about what all requirements are- that’s the absolute minimum that a doctor needs to do to be revalidated. What happens between PCTs, health boards and individual doctors is a contractual matter.’

GPC member Dr Beth McCarron-Nash, said: ‘I find it completely unacceptable l that different areas require different evidence for appraisal. It is completely iniquitous and unfair.’

‘With the pension changes, CQC and contract changes I think a perfect storm is brewing, with many older GPs thinking about retirement.’

Readers' comments (7)

  • An obvious and purposely ignored reason is that Independent Private Doctors (non-NHS and outside the public sector) do not need GMC registration or a "licence to practice" (and therefore revalidation) to work as a doctor in the UK. They did not need any registration until recently, when the law changed requiring them now to register with the CQC.

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  • It is not a problem for GMC a couple of million less in subscriptions is easily met by other doctors.
    The fact that re-validation has no scientific validity has not bothered most doctors as anti-competitive policy has always been at the heart of self-regulation. The fact that many doctors have accepted shows the character of the profession rather well.

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  • As a 65 year old 'semi retired ex gp' I'm finding it quite a minefield to sort this out. I've been a doctor my whole professional life, its what I trained for and aimed at since being at school, etc etc. Basically it defines who I am in a sense. At present I've only done out of hours in the last 5 years and just locally the OOH provider has enough regular doctors to leave me superfluous! This means I'm grossly under-employed, which means I'm not inter-reacting with any one and can't get multi-source feedback. In any case as a single handed when I was full time I barely related to 15 colleagues so I'd have struggled with this even then. However I do feel that revalidation has some point, how often it's needed is debatable. I actually enjoyed my recent appraisal, it meant I inter-reacted with a sympathetic appraiser. For various reasons unconnected to professional matters I now on sabbatical - a first for me - for three months. How things will work out afterwards is anyones guess.

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  • I've never met anybody or read any comments from doctors who think this is a good idea. Revalidation is unethical because it will take so much time away from patient care or require doctors to do even more unpaid work let alone the cost of administering the thing. Isn't it time we started petitioning parliament and going on a protest march against this waste of resources?

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  • "An obvious and purposely ignored reason is that Independent Private Doctors (non-NHS and outside the public sector) do not need GMC registration or a "licence to practice" (and therefore revalidation) to work as a doctor in the UK."

    EVERY Physician who wants to work in the UK MUST be registered with the GMC, ie, they must be licensed to practice. (Actual there is now registration AND a license)

    regards

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  • EVERY Physician who wants to work in the UK MUST be registered with the GMC, ie, they must be licensed to practice. (Actual there is now registration AND a license). YES BUT THEY ARE NOT SUBJECTED TO APPRAISAL, SO HOW CAN THEY REVALIDATE?

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  • Revalidation of private doctors without any prescribed connection, designated body, responsible officers,appraisers, suitable person is a hot issue. From the very inception of the revalidation, I notified the GMC to make provision for private doctors, but nothing was done.I had my revalidation for a period of only one year. I complained that the GMC should have made provision for private doctors, like they had introduced the PLAB test for overseas doctors. I notified that if my revalidation is not continued for five years like other doctors, I will have to take up the matter to an appropriate legal authority on the ground of human right and or discrimination. I lokk forward to hear from interested parties.

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