Medical Regulation, Fitness to Practice and Revalidation

A Critical Introduction

John Martyn Chamberlain

Medical Regulation, Fitness to Practice and Revalidation

John Martyn Chamberlain

Distributed for Bristol University Press

96 pages | 5 x 7 3/4 | © 2015
Cloth $65.00 ISBN: 9781447325444 Published November 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Medical sociology has traditionally been focused on the governance of “troublesome” social groups, including the unwell, the deviant, and the criminally insane. But recently the discipline has also begun to explore how the state ensures the public is protected from acts of medical malpractice, negligence, and criminality. Against the background of a series of high-profile scandals—including the case of Dr. Harold Shipman, who murdered over two hundred of his patients—this topical and authoritative book examines how the regulation of doctors has been modernized by the introduction of a quality assurance process tied to medical relicensing. In examining the history and current use of this process, John Martyn Chamberlain questions the validity of the claim that revalidation serves the public interest by ensuring individual doctors are fit to practice. Highlighting areas of good practice and areas for further research and development, this book will be required reading for scholars of medical sociology, medical education, health policy, and related subjects.
Contents

Governing Medicine: From Gentleman’s Clubs to Risk-based Regulation
Fitness to Practice in the Workplace: Medical Revalidation
Fitness to Practice Panels: The Medical Practitioner Tribunal Service
Regulating for the Safer Doctor in the Risk Society: The Process is the Punishment...? 

Review Quotes
Ruth Horowitz, New York University
"Chamberlain provides an effective critique of revalidation. With the limited research and evidence available, he shows that not much has changed in the work of the General Medical Council and questions whether revalidation changes behavior. This should be required reading for those concerned with professional regulation in Britain and United States."
Mike Saks, University Campus Suffolk
"This book by a renowned expert on medical regulation provides a very well-informed analysis of the latest developments and issues in an area of great public importance in the UK."
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