News in Brief: January 2014
Nearly 25 000 doctors have had their licences to practise renewed in the first year of revalidation.
According to figures from the General Medical Council (GMC), since 2 December 2012 24 550 doctors across England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland have had their licence to practise renewed after the revalidation process. Every doctor registered with a licence to practise in the UK is legally required to show the GMC that they are fit to practise, usually once every five years, to be able to continue treating patients.
Commenting on the figures, Niall Dickson, the GMC’s chief executive, said that he was pleased with the progress revalidation had made in its first year.
“Already we see signs that it is making an impact with hospitals and other healthcare organisations recognising their responsibility, not only to make sure all their doctors have the attitude and skills to deliver high quality care, but also that