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Nation's 50 most influential GPs celebrated in Pulse Power list

RCGP chair Dr Maureen Baker has been named the most influential GP in this year’s Pulse Power 50, after colleagues said she had been ‘proactive and inspiring’ in her work defending the profession.

Dr Baker topped the Pulse Power 50 list after an eventful year that saw her declare that general practice was ‘on the verge of extinction’ and lead the college’s public bid for a re-gearing of NHS funding to ensure a larger share of the cake for GPs.

The Power 50 list celebrates the most influential GPs in the UK today and was garnered from over 600 nominations from a panel of GP leaders and Pulse readers. Click here to see the full Power 50 list.

The fifth annual list of the 50 most influential GPs sees GPC chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul in second place, followed by Professor Gerada – described as a ‘rock star GP leader with wide appeal’.

There are 18 new entries on the list this year, with Tower Hamlets-based MPIG campaigner Dr Naomi Beer entering highest at number 14. Other newcomers include GP seven-day working champion Dr Ivan Benett at NHS Central Manchester CCG and Birmingham LMC medical secretary Dr Robert Morley.

Pulse has also included a new category honouring GPs making a difference in their local communities, which was topped by south London-based ‘old-school family doctor’ Dr Mark Ashworth.

GPs listed as ‘rising stars’ of the profession include Manchester LMC’s new honorary secretary Dr Tracey Vell, who strode into the limelight this year flying the flag of grassroots GPs, and Dr Chandra Kanneganti, the chair of the British International Doctors Association.

Pulse’s panel said that Dr Baker has ‘united groups in an effort to ensure the future of UK general practice’ and has been ‘proactive and inspiring so far, as well as being down to earth’.

In an interview with Pulse, she said that she had highlighted shortfall in GP funding because the public needed to know the real situation.

She said: ‘I do recognise that these are powerful statements and it does not paint a good picture of what’s going on in general practice, but I think we are holding up a mirror to general practice and showing things as they are.

‘I really do think that things will get better, but they will only get better if we collectively make them better. Just sitting on our hands waiting for things to get better is a recipe for disaster.’

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt tops Pulse’s list of the most influential names outside the profession, while new NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens takes the number two spot and BMA chair Dr Mark Porter completes the top three.

The Pulse Power 50 was based on over 600 nominations made by a panel of GP leaders – including Professor Gerada, NHS Alliance chair Dr Michael Dixon, longstanding GPC member Dr Nigel Watson and GPC Wales chair Dr Charlotte Jones – as well as more than 100 Pulse readers submitting nominations online. From these nominations, Pulse formulated the final list.

Pulse editor Nigel Praities said: ‘This list may be about celebrating outstanding individuals, but we are confident it also represents the astonishing diversity and breadth of those working in general practice. These lists are always an inexact science, but this year shows a broader range of ethnicities and more women than ever before. It is this that makes general practice strong, and long may it continue.

‘I am also delighted to include a “local GP heroes” category for the first time, because -let’s face it - it is the unsung jobbing GPs who are the real champions of the profession.’

Readers' comments (25)

  • 'Power' seems a word ill-suited to this venerable 50 who despite whatever efforts they have put in, have made not a jot of difference to the terminal decline of general practice.
    Sitting on committees and spouting ' another kick in the teeth for GPs', 'we will try harder with the contract next time', 'we all need to federate to survive', 'these are difficult times for GPs', 'start a campaign saying your GP cares' is not 'power' and has irreversibly damaged by job.
    Well done, my 'powerful' colleagues!

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  • Sitting on top of the Titanic as it sinks talking soundbites will not stop you going down with all hands.Thankyou commisars.

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  • If that's Power - then there's little hope for the profession!

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  • "Lions led by Donkeys".....

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  • Yes, 12.20!! Thanks to our "senior commanders" for sending us "over the top". Some of us have run out of puff to "charge anymore" and some are in "no-mans land" under "bombardment from The DAILY MAIL and Jeremy Hunt directing attacks".

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  • What about Jeremy Hunt's "Poisonous pedagogy ?"

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  • Una Coales. Retired NHS GP.

    In my opinion, the problem with the 'expert' panel is that there doesn't seem to be enough transparency with some of the selections. Why should a GP of less than a year's experience make top 50 and grassroots GPs who have given 30+ years of their lives to NHS general practice never make the list?

    How can a 'rising star' GP have more years experience as a GP than some of the choices for top 50 Power GPs?

    Why is there no conflict of interest declared that Mark Ashworth is a co-GP partner of the Hurley group where CG also sits as a GP partner and is on your expert panel for nominations. He is not your typical local unsung GP hero as he is the organisational medical director of the Hurley group which has 16 walk in centres/medical centres/surgeries under their umbrella according to their website.

    If you want grassroots GPs to respect a top 50 list, then please can we have more transparency and ensure more grassroots GPs sit on the 'expert' panel instead of predominantly BMA and RCGP old boys and girls who are known for nominating each other?

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  • Thank you, Dr Coales, for raising this. As well as a panel of GP leaders, Pulse's whole readership was also invited to submit nominations - and over 100 grassroots GPs did. The final line-up was based on these 600 nominations and the comments we received, but was decided by the Pulse team. I hope that provides more clarity. More details of who was nominated and the process involved is here:

  • Una Coales. Retired NHS GP.

    @Editor thank you for reading my feedback. Might I suggest that in future so as not to offend hardworking NHS GPs of decades of experience, the power 50 list have a minimum criteria of 5 years post training as a GP to be nominated. And those with less than 5 years working experience as a GP could then be allocated the up and coming or rising stars list. Even FRCGP nominations require that the GP have at least 5 years under his or her belt.

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  • The list does include a good number of very experienced and long-serving GPs, but it was also important to celebrate those young GPs who are stepping up and fighting for what they believe is right.

  • To be honest it looks more like "Wanted: top 50 GPs who broke the profession" each year.

    It's my personal opinion but I wouldn't be happy to be in such list in current climate. Just my humble opinion like.....

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  • We have been targeted by the DOH. Our pay per item has been reduced 50% in the last 10 years ie we made a profit of £80 [ in todays terms, then] for 4 consultation compared to £ 60 for 6 per patient year today.
    This is the problem with all this supposed power. All these folks do is say - We demand proper funding, we demand, we demand, we demand or dear me, dear me, dear me.
    That is it. This makes them great.
    In the meantime, whole swathes of wonderful GPs are just leaving because it is just intolerable to stay.
    If you folks cannot do better, you should resign your posts and let someone else have a go.

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