British doctors set to undergo annual assessments

22 October 2012

Members of the British public look set to receive better levels of healthcare in the future, under planned changes to the country's medical regulations.

In the biggest change to the guidelines in 150 years, the skills of medical personnel will be checked on a yearly basis to see whether an individual is still fit to practise.

As such, every doctor will be required to undergo an annual assessment to judge how effective they are for carrying out their work from December.

On top of this, medical professionals are to attend a more comprehensive meeting every five years, where their competence will be put under the microscope.

The Department of Health is bringing the new rules in this winter, in conjunction with the profession's regulator, the General Medical Council.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt commented: "Doctors save lives every day and making sure they are up to speed with the latest treatments and technologies will help them save even more.

"This is why a proper system of revalidation is so important."

Posted by Edward Bartel

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