The purpose of the General Medical Council (GMC) is to protect, promote and maintain the health and safety of the public by ensuring proper standards in the practice of medicine.
During the GMC Welsh reception the Minister received an update on the revalidation of doctors. Medical revalidation will be introduced across the UK on 3 December 2012. It is expected that the majority of licensed doctors will be revalidated by March 2016. It is a new process of regulating licensed doctors designed to provide extra confidence to patients by ensuring doctors are up to date and fit to practise.
Revalidation also supports doctors in their professional development, and identifies the small proportion of doctors who are below standard, ultimately removing them from practice if standards cannot be improved. Revalidation will occur over five year cycles, overseen by the GMC
The Minister said:
“It was a pleasure to welcome the GMC to Wales and catch up on a number of important issues.
“Ensuring patient confidence in medical professionals is crucial. The introduction of revalidation next month will introduce stronger regulatory oversight of doctors’ fitness to practise.
“The Welsh Government has worked closely with other UK administrations, the GMC, doctor and patient representatives and employers to ensure the smooth introduction of the new system. I thank the GMC for its efforts to ensure revalidation gets off to a good start in Wales.”
Professor Sir Peter Rubin, Chair of the GMC, said:
“I would like to thank the Minister and the Welsh Government for their ongoing support for revalidation. It has also been helpful to talk with colleagues in the Welsh Government, doctors and patient representatives about how revalidation will work in practise in Wales and what more we need to do together. We look forward to continuing our close working relationship with colleagues across Wales on revalidation and other important work."