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Independents' Day

GPC unveils new negotiating line-up

By Steve Nowottny

The BMA has announced a reshuffle of the GPC negotiating team following Dr Laurence Buckman's election last month as new GPC chair.

Dr Richard Vautrey, already appointed as Dr Buckman's deputy, will take the lead role on QOF issues.

He was previously responsible for education and training and was a high-profile spokesperson on IT issues. At the BMA's annual representatives' meeting in June he urged delegates not to support the care records boycott, but the motion was still passed.

A BMA spokesperson said Dr Chaand Nagpaul and Dr Brian Dunn, who continues as chair of GPC Northern Ireland, would now take a lead role on IT issues.

Dr Nagpaul, the newest member of the negotiating team, also takes charge of commissioning.

Dr Stewart Drage retains his responsibility for contracts, while Dr Peter Holden's role – previously premises and private finance – is redefined as ‘practice finances'.

Dr Andrew Dearden, who stepped down as chair of GPC Wales, has been replaced by Dr David Bailey.

However, Dr Dearden will continue to take the lead on pensions as the BMA's Judicial Review reaches a crucial stage over the coming months.

Dr Dean Marshall remains chair of GPC Scotland.

Dr Richard Vautrey: taking charge of QOF negotiations in new GPC line up Dr Richard Vautrey: taking charge of QOF negotiations

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