Revalidation years away

GPs have raised concerns about the prospect of yet another regulatory hurdle after the Medical Board of Australia (MBA) revealed late last year it was considering a new scheme forcing doctors to show evidence of professional development.

The UK recently became the first country to introduce such a scheme nationwide.

But MBA chair Dr Joanna Flynn told Medical Observer the board would consult extensively with the profession before proposing a new scheme and any change to the current system of CPD and mandatory reporting was three to six years away.

“You start to tap into a strong vein of feeling when you start saying to any professional anything that suggests that they’re not… acting completely professionally and managing their own knowledge and skills and competence in order to practice as well as they can,” Dr Flynn told MO in a podcast interview.

“There is an insult implied in doing that.”