A survey has found that only around one in five doctors believe that checks aimed at identifying poor-performing colleagues are effective. A large majority also agreed that 'there are certain doctors that I would not want to treat friends and family'
The head of the medical website doctors.net.uk, which conducted the survey, has said that the results show that many doctors see revalidation as an "administrative burden".
GPs and hospital doctors seek to uphold the highest possible standards in care, and their willingness to be totally frank about variations in quality demonstrates how keen they are to see continual monitoring and improvement.
However, while revalidation should help to address such concerns, there is widespread scepticism about its effectiveness.
Many hard-pressed doctors view it as yet another administrative burden. They do not see it as a safety net for identifying any doctors who are not fit to practise or as a benchmark for ensuring that all patients receive the highest possible levels of care and treatment.
– Dr Tim Ringrose, chief executive, doctors.net.uk