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Submit your questions for Professor Clare Gerada

We will be hosting an online Q&A with NHS England adviser and former RCGP chair Professor Clare Gerada today and would like you to submit your questions.

After reinventing the role of RCGP chair as a populist defender of the profession, Professor Gerada has moved onto what could have been her most controversial role to date – leading primary care reform in London for NHS England.

Also a GP in Lambeth, Professor Gerada heads up the Practitioner Health Programme in London - a confidential service for doctors living in London who have mental health or addiction concerns.

The hour long chat will take place from 1pm, and you will be able to put your questions to her about the burning issues facing general practice today.

To make sure you get to pose your question to Professor Gerada then leave them in the comments below, tweet them to @pulsetoday - and don’t forget to use the hash tag #AskGerada - or send them to us at feedback@pulsetoday.co.uk.

Readers' comments (15)

  • Are you the Arsi of Darsi?
    Still writing clinical reports about people you have never met?

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  • Dr David Barrett

    Prof Gerada, please can you comment on the applicability of The Human Rights Act and the need for Justice and proportionality for a regulator operating within a democratic country?

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  • Prof Gerada, given the number of unsafe rulings by the GMC what are you thoughts on a judge sitting on Fitness to Practice Panels?

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  • 1. Currently statistics show that one doctor a month is dying as a direct result of GMC procedures, compared to almost no deaths in Police Custody, Prison Custody, Solicitor Regulation Authority procedures, Bar Standards Board procedures, etc. The CPS refuse to assist in the investigation and prosecution of these deaths. Taking into account that the doctors that have died are just the tip of this iceberg, with thousands more suffering with their families under the slash and burn approach of these unlawful sham hearings, what are you doing to oppose the genocide of your colleagues?
    2. It is estimated that between 100 and 200 patients (frail, infirm, demented) are left to die in NHS wards and the doctors responsible are being protected by the GMC intervening and taking the matters out of the hands of the Police. What ethical explanation can you offer to support the forced requirement for Public Service doctors to register with the GMC?
    Thank you for taking the time to consider my very urgent and relevant questions.
    Kind regards
    Pieter

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  • Do you feel that current GP training is producing qualified GPs who are resilient enough to survive the un controlled onslaught that is current General Practice?

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  • Given the clear fact that all major parties are doing nothing to reduce the souring demand for healthcare and are suggesting sums of money that simply cannot cover the demand do you feel that it is time for the college to be openly hostile, if needs be to, the self serving politicians?

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  • 1. Given the ever increasing management demands on GP principals, should GP principals have a business training course before taking up a partnership?
    2. If the future model is for Federations or Integrated Community Care Organisations, is there any incentive for GPs to enter partnerships - with all the financial risks entailed?
    3. What do you think about the removal of career progression (in the form of seniority payments) and the effects on senior GPs contemplating reduction of hours or retirement?

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  • I have just resigned my salaried GP job. I used to enjoy being a GP. Now it's dreadful. I haven't ruled out a return to general practice in the future but only if working conditions improve. When do you envisage I may return?

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  • I'm a GP but don't like the job. I'm trying to get into some handy work like teaching/admin/policy making or something.

    Any tips?

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  • Why do you insist that future GPs should all be salaried doctors when there is deep unhappiness about this model amongst younger GPs and when older generations of GPs have enjoyed successful partnerships with gold plated pensions at the end of their careers?
    Dr.Zishan Syed

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