REC Medical responds to Health Committee report on Revalidation of Doctors
REC Medical responds to Health Committee report on Revalidation of Doctors.
REC Medical has today responded to the report by the Health Select Committee on the Revalidation of Doctors, re-iterating the need to put patient safety at the heart of the process whilst ensuring that new systems are workable for flexible staff such as locum doctors.
The Committees report into revalidation argues that the GMC should be held accountable to Parliament on this issue and underlines the need for checks on Doctors to be more thoroughly enforced. The Committee also concluded that practical measures would need to be implemented to ensure that organisations have robust and consistent structures in place and that the introduction date for revalidation at the end of 2012 should not be further delayed.
Commenting on the report, Tom Hadley, the REC's Director of Policy and Professional Services, said:
The Health Committee is right to highlight the need for robust checks. The revalidation process must provides clear guidance and empower Responsible Officers to take action when quality of care is compromised. Professional recruiters already play a key role in promoting safe recruitment through the effective vetting and placing of temporary and locum staff. The REC has consistently argued that protecting vulnerable groups should be the overriding concern when implementing new revalidation measures.
At the same time, a number of key questions remain. Healthcare recruiters are being asked to take on responsible officers without sufficient knowledge of what the role will require. Wider reforms to the healthcare system are also creating a lack of clarity as to how the accountability process would operate.
The Department of Health must work with the GMC to ensure that these rules are clearly laid out, preventing confusion from impeding the implementation process.
The REC will continue to work with the Department of Health and the GMC on this issue, making the case for a robust system which protects patients whilst reflecting the particular nature of locum work and is workable for specialised recruitment agencies.