GMC ""losing the profession"", its longest serving GP warns
By Gareth Iacobucci
The longest serving elected member of the GMC has announced his retirement from Council after nearly a quarter of century but warned that they face an increasing fight to retain the engagement of the profession.
Dr Krishna Korlipara, a GP in Bolton who was first elected onto the GMC in 1984, said it had been a ‘privilege' to serve both the public and his peers.
However, he warned that lowering the number of medical representatives on Council to 12, from 19, would see the GMC becoming increasingly cut off from the profession, and would not be good for patients.
‘My firm prediction is that this will not deliver public expectations. In the next four or five years, there will be increasingly loud calls for more medical people to be elected. The GMC runs the risk of alienating itself from both the public and the profession.'
Dr Korlipara, who has also been a long running campaigner against the move to a civil standard of proof in fitness to practice trials, received a special commemorative plate for his services and said he was ‘genuinely touched' by the support he received.
He said: ‘I've been there for the best part of a quarter of a century, and it's been a huge privilege serving the profession and the public. They are not mutually exclusive. I have had a good innings.'
Following his retirement, Dr Korlipara plans to continue working as a GP for two days a week, as well as writing a book on healthy living beyond 100.Bowing out: Dr Krishna Korlipara Bowing out: Dr Krishna Korlipara