27 May 2010
John Black, President of the Royal College of Surgeons, said:
“The BMA is quite right to highlight the need for revalidation to avoid bureaucracy and be as simple as possible for doctors to participate in. Getting a system that provides effective verification of competence but which doesn’t get in the way of surgeons treating patients is absolutely at the forefront of our thinking. Assessing the standard of highly specialised doctors needs expert knowledge that is independent from both trade unions and employers. As the expert body who sets and assesses standards for surgery, it is absolutely in the interests of patients that the Royal College take an important role in assuring the right skills are being measured.”
The College is committed to working with the GMC, BMA and other parties to develop a rigorous system that ensures patient safety that is also practical and does not detract surgeons from carrying out their clinical work. The College will be submitting its own response to the revalidation consultation and encourages individuals surgeons to also participate before deadline of June 4th 2010. See here for more detail.