30. Dr Una Coales
Dr Una Coales comes in at number 30 in the 2013 Pulse Power 50. She is a new entry in the list.
Dr Una Coales was nominated because she ‘takes risks for the wellbeing of all GPs’ according to the colleagues who put her name forward.
As a GP educator and a member of RCGP Council, she has been well placed to express concern over the difference in pass rates between UK and international graduates sitting the MRCGP – and has done so loud and clear. She has also been campaigning to reform the way RCGP Council members are elected.
Dr Coales also sits on the BMA’s sessional GP subcommittee and was until recently secretary of Conservative Health.
Dr Coales says her biggest challenge over the last 12 months was dealing with the explosion of anger over CSA: ‘Failing colossal numbers of ethnic GP trainees with the subjective CSA actor exit exam has had an adverse effect on GP partnership recruitment for our GP surgeries across the country, more profoundly so in rural areas.’