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GP negotiator changes gender

By Steve Nowottny

Dr Stewart Drage, GPC negotiator and joint chief executive of Londonwide LMCs, announced today that he has become a woman. He will now be known as Michelle Drage.

In a brief statement to London GPs, Dr Drage said: ‘I am writing to inform you that after careful consideration and thought and with the support of my family, friends and colleagues, my name and gender had changed permanently from Stewart Drage to Michelle Drage with immediate effect.

‘As Joint Chief Executive of Londonwide LMCs, a post jointly undertaken with my colleague, Dr Tony Stanton, during this challenging time for the NHS, you can be assured that defending and promoting the essence of general practice continues to be a priority now and over the coming months and years,' she added.

The GPC is holding a routine meeting in London today, which will include a vote on members of the negotiating team. The outcome of the meeting will be released by the BMA tomorrow.

Dr Stewart Drage at last month's LMCs conference: he will now be known as Michelle Dr Stewart Drage at last month's LMCs conference: he will now be known as Michelle

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