The Royal College of Surgeons welcomes the publication of the Health Select Committee’s latest report on performance and accountability for all NHS regulators.
Professor Tony Narula, Consultant Surgeon and RCS council member, said:
“The committee is quite right to highlight the need for rigorous systems that ensure patient safety and we commend the commitment by the GMC to introduce revalidation by the end of 2012. However, we would like the GMC to acknowledge that the launch at the end of this year is not the final version of revalidation. A commitment by the GMC to continuous improvement and the introduction of more advanced standards and supporting information requirements will be crucial. The RCS has worked with all surgical specialty associations to develop outcome frameworks to be used as part of surgeons’ appraisals to provide this exact information. Patients and the public rightly expect this level of accountability, analysis and reporting. We look forward to working with the GMC as the body that must drive through the introduction and implementation of revalidation to address these concerns.”