The Royal College of General Practitioners is piloting revalidation of GPs in the autumn. To be revalidated doctors will have to gather evidence to demonstrate they: keep their skills and knowledge up to date, audit and improve their clinical practice, maintain good consultation skills, and adhere to professional values.
Maintaining good consultation skills is all about patient/ doctor communication. Although the majority of GPs do a great job in difficult circumstances, our Achilles' heel has been the unacceptable variation in care that some patients receive. We are improving, but we all know we can do better.
It is easy for The Independent to invite readers to send in stories of "crass or insulting behaviour". I challenge you to ask readers to also write about good experiences with doctors.
No one denies the negative encounters but please do not ignore the many excellent ones.
Professor MIKE PRINGLE
Royal College of General Practitioners
London SW7Reuse content