National Voices welcomes revalidation of doctors and calls for more patient feedback

Fri, 19 October 2012

National Voices welcomes announcements that revalidation - the new system for ensuring doctors are up to date and fit to practise – will go ahead but also called for more patient involvement in the system. 

Revalidation will be introduced by doctors’ regulator the General Medical Council. A formal revalidation – where it will be determined if a doctor is fit to practice - will be done every five years and should be supported by annual appraisals.

National Voices’ Chief Executive, Jeremy Taylor, says:

We are delighted revalidation is finally happening. It's a necessary ingredient in maintaining high standards and will improve patients' confidence in the safety and quality of the care they receive. We would also like to see more patient involvement in the process - patients and other service users are a key resource in helping to improve medical practice.”