19 October 2010
Professor Antony Narula, Council Member of the Royal College of Surgeons, said:
“The Royal College of Surgeons welcomes the publication of the revalidation consultation report and a formal statement of intent by the General Medical Council. This brings clarity to the implementation of medical revalidation for doctors. It is especially useful that this has gained the backing of all four health services in UK and spells out the structures that will need to be in place by 2012. We are encouraged that the need for flexibility and a streamlined system is fully recognised so that the minimum amount of doctor’s time is diverted from directly caring for patients.
Achieving these goals will require the efforts of a range of organisations and all Medical Royal Colleges will need to be able to input directly if the run in is to be as smooth as possible. We look forward to receiving further details of how RCS can most effectively practically contribute in the lead up to launch. The RCS continues to support the GMC as the body that must drive the introduction and implementation of revalidation. The GMC, not the government must have the final word on what is required of doctors and their employers.”