Positive start from Martin Marshall as the new Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP). In an interview in the Guardian he says GPs need to do less to achieve more. The article cites the BMJ’s ‘Too much medicine’ campaign (see previous post). Medicine has become too fragmented and dysfunctional (see another previous post). Marshall is also on the Rethinking Medicine working group.
Following my retirement from clinical work (see previous post), today I am relinquishing my licence to practice as a doctor. I can restore my licence on application and for the moment stay on the GMC register, whilst I decide whether I need to be on it.
When I first became a doctor, revalidation was unnecessary. Qualification was enough to make me fit to practice (although of course fitness-to-practice proceedings could always be instigated against me - and have been (see previous post)). Following the Shipman inquiry, revalidation was eventually introduced, and I have had to undertake annual appraisals. Giving up my licence means I am no longer subject to revalidation as I am not practising as a doctor.
I guess I have always primarily been a clinician rather than an academic. It's taken me a while to give up this privilege but I'm now looking forward to my retirement (including from my Cambridge PhD (see previous post), currently in intermission).