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RCSEd Supports GMC Recommendation to begin Revalidation

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28 Sep 2012


The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh has welcomed the General Medical Council's confirmation that it will recommend to the Secretary of State for Health, Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, that revalidation for doctors should begin in December this year.


At its meeting on 27 September 2012, the Council of the GMC considered statements from the four health departments of the UK, as well as its own statement, each of which stated that they were ready to start revalidation and concluded that the systems are in place across the UK for revalidation to begin.


The decision follows last week's UK Revalidation Programme Board (UKRPB) which advised the GMC that the UK is ready to begin revalidation. The Chair of the GMC, Professor Sir Peter Rubin, will now write to the Secretary of State, who will consider the GMC's recommendation when deciding if revalidation will begin in December this year.


Commenting on this Vice President of RCSEd, Professor George Youngson said:


"The commitment of the GMC to revalidation, through this announcement, is strongly supported by RCSEd. The time in preparation has been useful but implementation is key and it must be shown to be professionally valuable to surgeons and proven to be of benefit to our patients. Implementation will allow that utility to be assured and managed."


For further information about the GMC announcement please visit the GMC website.

For further RCSEd membership information on Revalidation, please click here.  

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