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Independents' Day

GPC acts to improve its diversity

The GPC is to revamp its rules for co-opting members on to the council to make it more representative of all GPs.

The move comes after GPC members complained co-opted GPs had to endure an 'unseemly' wait outside July council sessions to see if they had been accepted on the council.

Co-optees, who represent PMS GPs, non-principals, women and ethnic minority GPs, will now be chosen in May so they can attend the

July meeting.

A maximum number of two co-optees can be appointed from each under-represented group ­ and the GPC has the option to increase the number to 10 at the July meeting.

Dr Roger Chapman, chair of the representation sub-committee, said: 'We are trying to make this more positive and helpful. It's not about

reducing numbers but about getting an assurance that people are involved right from the start.'

GPC member Dr Kailesh Chand, a GP in Manchester, said: 'This is the start of having significant and proper representation right from the

word go.'

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