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GPC considering a push on diversity

The GPC is considering a wave of reforms to ensure it better

reflects the make-up of the

profession.

The committee, which is made up primarily of white, male GPs, has proposed sending members on diversity training and communications courses.

Dr Hamish Meldrum, GPC chair, said it was considering introducing appraisal to 'maximise the potential' of people on the committee.

GPs would also be limited in the numbers of subcommittees they could sit on in a bid to

ensure more options for women, black and Asian doctors to participate.

The plans emerged after elections earlier this month saw just two women out of 14 doctors voted on to the committee.

Dr Meldrum said there was evidence that minority groups were hardest hit: 'We don't want to be electing people for the sake of it but want to ensure there is no discrimination.'

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