Chisholm stands down next month
Dr John Chisholm is to stand down as GPC chair next month after seven years in the job.
In his final speech as chair, he told GPs there was a 'wonderful future ahead', and urged them to be positive, proactive and constructive in implementing the contract.
He added: 'We should celebrate the magic, the mystery and the joy of general practice. Patients trust their GPs. GPs deserve that trust,' he said.
Dr Chisholm said the contract gave GPs an opportunity to concentrate on what they did best, but warned they should not be forced to focus exclusively on patients with complex problems.
He said: 'The risk management, toleration of uncertainty, handling of unsorted problems, holistic care...will not
be delivered to best advantage if GPs only see people
with complex problems and do not build up a longitud-
inal relationship with their
GPC deputy chair Dr Ham- ish Meldrum and negotiator Dr Laurence Buckman confirmed their intention to stand for election as chair in July.