Leaflets are being distributed by the Royal College of GPs to inform patients about the revalidation system for doctors.

Patients are being asked to aid the revalidation process by providing feedback on their GP and by reporting when things go wrong. Revalidation comes in from 2011 to ensure doctors are fit to practise medicine and have remained up to date.

The leaflet, which was contributed to by the Royal College of GPs patient partnership group, informs patients of the facts on revalidation and how they can help.

Antony Chuter, chairman of the group, said: “Revalidation is about ensuring the highest standards of care are maintained by doctors in the UK, which is something we support because all patients need and deserve to have confidence in our doctors.”

Royal College of GPs chairman Professor Steve Field said: “Patients have a unique perspective on the performance of their GP and that information will be extremely important in the assessment of individual doctors.”