Pity the RCGP Presedential Debate will not be this open and engaging. I suspect there won't even be a public debate or hustings. Far to democratic for the RCGP.
My money is on Colin Hunter who will do a Miliband and get in on the back of the Scottish vote.
@ Una Coales My facts are correct. Yours are wrong. Under the RCGP constitution there are only six Officers of the College (President, Chair, 2 x Vice Chairs, Hon Sec and Hon Treasurer). Council Members and Trustees are not Officers.
You are absolutely correct that power lies with the Trustee Board. In effect, they have veto over everything in the name of 'oversight, scrutiny and compliance'.
Aside from the nationally-elected Council Members, most Faculty reps are there by default with no franchise behind them. Most elections attract a turnout of 20% because the RCGP is irrelevant to most of us in our daily roles. RCGP Council is a relic of yester-year, an oligarchy that has no true democratic mandate. Reform or die ...
@Una Coales, Do I detect a hint of bitterness? Despite your rhetoric, you repeatedly failed to get elected to any Officer post at the RCGP and resigned before you became the first Member of Council to be expelled from the College for your conduct. You then 'resigned' from the BMA, practically the day after being elected.
Have you ever thought it might be you? Or, questioned why others find it so difficult to work with you?
And, the Chair of RCGP Council is nothing more than the College's public face. They have no real powers. The real power lies with the shadowy Board of Trustees - Colin Hunter and a cohort of lay members - and the omnipresent Honorary Treasurer controls the purse strings; and hence decrees what happens and what doesn't.
Agree with @7:30pm. If this is unethical, so is the rest of the QOF
Well said David Bush! The court's judgement has merely served to add to the ambiguity. Please stop pussy footing around.
It is disappointing (and embarrassing) that it took a High Court ruling to prompt the College Officers to admit they needed to do something about this. If they focused on education and training, rather than how many times they can be interviewed on the BBC Breakfast sofa before being elevated to a national role at the DH as their political stock wanes, they would do their colleagues and our patients a favour!
Breath. Of. Fresh. Air. A Chair with the wherewithal to know which fight to pick. This is winnable. The facts are in our favour. With three years ahead of her, my money's on Mo. Go Mo!
We will get the blame for all hospital queues not just A&E!
Dear Pulse Editor
As Dr Gerada is Chair of one of the programme partners, there is a clear conflict of interest.
In the interests of good journalism, did you ask Dr Gerada which position she would be immediately relinquishing to mitigate the conflict of Dr Gerada and both organisations?
I think your readership deserves to know that both organisations and Dr Gerada observe best practice in public life?
Probsbly the most sensible BMA policy stance for years!
Get Clare Gerada in to run the GPC and the BMA. She's the only one with the integrity and courage to stand up to DH and SoS
An alleged discriminatory exam; the alleged, illegal disqualifcation of 3/6 presidential candidates; the alleged new Chairman appointed but disqualified before the end of the Council meeting; an alleged new HQ that is still not finished and we cannot afford; an alleged 2012 restructure to make the RCGP fit for purpose.
All achieved within 12 months by an alleged Leadership Team. I would love to sit in on their appraisal.
This does rather smack of the secretive, post-war Tory Party where leaders 'emerged' as a result of discussions between party grandees.
This election happens only every three years. How could the senior officer responsible for elections be unprepared and overlook a technical error? This should never have happened. Yet another public embarrassment for the profession. This wouldn't happen at the RCP or our sister Colleges.
Yet another example of incompetence and the responsible officer not being held to account for failing to spot the 'technical error'.
Until someone carries the can for the serial incompetence, the serial incompetence will continue. Fix it!
A brave, enlightened and principled decision. Dr Shah has seen through the Emperor's new clothes. Trainees do not need the RCGP. The College has become bloated, cumbersome and Members are just an income stream. Mass resignations from trainees would remove the College's future lifeblood and, as Dr Shah suggests, could finally make the RCGP sit up, remember why it exists and who actually pays the bills!