Revalidation warning for doctors
Thursday 26th September 2013, 2:10PM BST.
More than 8,000 doctors have been warned their licence to work is at risk unless they submit details to a key appraisal programme.
The General Medical Council (GMC) is waiting to hear from 7,818 doctors who have not yet responded to calls to confirm their designated body which will help them to revalidate.
Revalidation is the biggest shake-up in medical regulation for more than 150 years and means the UK’s 240,000 doctors will have regular appraisals.
A decision will be made every five years on whether they are fit to continue working.
Of the 7,818 doctors who have not yet responded to calls, more than half have overseas addresses, meaning they may not be currently working in the UK.
Almost 15% are also over the age of 65 and may have retired.
The final notice letter said they had 28 days to either confirm their designated body or tell the GMC they do not have one.
If they fail to respond, the GMC will take steps to remove their licence to practise.
Niall Dickson, chief executive of the GMC, said: ‘Revalidation has started well – so far we have revalidated more than 18,500 doctors.
“To help doctors, we are committed to keeping in close contact with them, particularly in these early days.
‘We know that doctors are busy and some may have found it difficult to come back to us with the information we have asked for.
“We also know that many of the doctors who have not responded are working overseas or have retired so may have chosen not to respond.
“For those doctors who want to keep practising in the UK, they must get back to us so we can help them with their revalidation.”