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Poll: Checks will not tackle incompetent doctors

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'

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Main findings of a survey of more than 5,600 doctors

Out of some 4,600 hospital doctors:

  • 53% disagreed that the current system of checks (known as revalidation) would help identify and deal with unfit doctors (22% agreed)
  • 86% agreed there are variations in care and that "there are certain doctors that I would not want to treat friends and family" (3% disagreed)
  • 38% said they did not agree that the benefits of revalidation would outweigh the admin time required for the process (18% agreed)

Out of some 1,000 GPs:

  • 60% disagreed that revalidation would work (16% agreed)
  • 67% agreed that there are certain doctors they would not want to treat friends and family (6% disagreed)
  • 63% did not agree that the benefits of revalidation would outweigh the extra admin (15% agreed)

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