Revalidation of Doctors - Health Committee Contents

5  Conclusion

69.  As we said at the beginning of this report, as a mechanism to improve the scrutiny of the GMC we now intend to exercise the accountability function nominally held by the Privy Council on behalf of Parliament.

70.  In order to do this, we expect to invite the GMC to give oral evidence on its annual report each year. As we have gone through this inquiry, a number of issues have arisen that we feel would benefit from continuing investigation, such as:

  • What happens in cases where the performance of an individual doctor gives rise to concern
  • The operation of the appraisal system, and its consistent implementation across the country
  • The administrative burden that appraisal and revalidation place on doctors
  • The way in which patients and colleagues are involved in revalidation
  • Where Responsible Officers who are currently based in PCTs will be sited in future
  • The adequacy of the powers available to the GMC to ensure that doctors for whom English is a second language are able to communicate effectively with their patients.

71.  We look forward to discussing these and other issues with the GMC at the first of these regular meetings later in the year.

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