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Two candidates confirmed in running for top GP negotiating post

Two candidates, both of whom are already on the executive team of the BMA GP Committee, have confirmed they are running to become chair.

The post is the most senior GP job in the BMA, taking the lead on annual contract negotiations and other professional dealings with the Government.

The two confirmed candidates are Dr Richard Vautrey, long-standing deputy chair and currently acting chair of the GPC, and Dr Mark Sanford-Wood, who became a part of the executive team last year.

The pair will be vying to replace Dr Chaand Nagpaul, who left the chair role when appointed chair of BMA Council last month.

Dr Vautrey, a GP in Leeds, was described in nominations to Pulse’s 2013 Power 50 as ‘the smartest hard working GP politician who puts everyone else in the shade’.

Meanwhile, former LMC medical secretary Dr Sanford-Wood was named ‘Devon’s defender’ in 2015. The GP, who is currently a locum, has been a GPC representative since 2011.

Readers' comments (4)

  • Cobblers

    No idea who those two are. Not interested. As to contract negs I hold no hope of any changes in the 'keep the powder dry' philosophy.

    Now I know two blokes Kev & Fred who do the negotiations for Ford cars. They know their brief and know their backstop. They go in kindly but hard and walk away if the other side get too up themselves. They want a deal but not at any price. And they get paid well but don't expect gongs for a good job.

    That's the kind of bloke or woman I want in charge of my negs with the government.

    That being said I am now out of it and do my own negotiations. Only one person to blame now.

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  • I always like the way Vinnie Jones 'negotiated' in lock stock and two smoking barrels..... I can only dream about who's head would be between the car door and b-pillar.....

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  • if somebody is useless at one post- most likely useless at other post. if you are star in one place, more likely star everywhere. if so for you failed to improve anything, more likely will fail again. you need guts to change the system, not experience or links or color.

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  • Both a safe pair of hands for the Medical Establishment, ticking the RCGP, LMC and BMA boxes.
    Both qualifying for PULSE's pantheon of "influential GPs" and "inspirational leaders" and both eventually rewarded with a CBE or a KBE for "services to General Practice"
    Quite depressing really for the rest of us, wretched mortals.

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