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All doctors in the United Kingdom will be required to prove that they are competent, that their skills are up to date, and that they are willing to undergo continued monitoring of their skills if they wish to continue practising medicine, doctors' leaders agreed last week.
In what Sir Donald Irvine, president of the General Medical Council (GMC), described as a "defining moment," the council endorsed proposals to overhaul the current regulation of doctors as recommended by a GMC steering group (6 February, p 349).
The new measures will come into effect in two years' time.
They were agreed following pressure on the GMC and the medical royal colleges …