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Submit your questions for RCGP chair Dr Maureen Baker

We are hosting an online Q&A with the RCGP chair Dr Maureen Baker and would like you to submit your questions.

Last year, the RCGP was at the centre of some of the most important stories in general practice - most notably the judicial review into the pass rate discrepancies of the college’s CSA exam. Dr Baker was also named the country’s most influential GP in Pulse’s annual Power 50 list.

With the general election looming, and no doubt another important year for general practice - Pulse invites you to submit any burning questions you may have for the RCGP chair.

The hour-long Q&A, which will take place on Monday 2 February at 1pm, will be splashed on Pulse’s homepage.

You can leave questions for Dr Baker in the comments below or tweet them to @Pulsetoday using the hashtag #AskBaker. Alternatively, you can email them to and you will also be able to ask your questions on the day.

**We have a lot of questions to get through, so please be concise, respectful and leave your name - if possible - as this makes your query more likely to be asked**

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Readers' comments (46)

  • (1) Do you think that GPs are over-regulated?

    (2) Do you think that GP professionalism has been eroded?

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  • GPs are crumbling under the pressure and transfer of work from secondary care combined with the recently inflicted pressures from DOH and NHSE and CQC in the face of continually diminishing funding and income.

    Claiming this to be the best job in the world means that you are either being dishonest or hopelessly out of touch. Which is it?

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  • Please can you outline the evidence for your statements that 1) General Practice is The Best Job in the World and 2) The Future is Bright in General Practice, as they seem to be entirely at odds with the feelings of grassroots GPs at the coalface?

    Given more than a decade of constant denigration, deliberate disinvestment and mindless overburdening of General Practice by government and regulatory bodies with the complicity of our professional bodies, can you let me know how a largely empty, completely underfunded 10 point plan is going to magically improve recruitment and retention?

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  • Can you point to any robust evidence that Appraisal and Revalidation has had any positive outcome to set against the time, money and demoralisation it has cost?
    Does the College believe in Evidence based practice?

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  • Dear Doctor Baker, as an experienced GP who didn't sit the MRCGP back in the day. I was wondering if the college have any plans to re introduce membership by examination for experienced doctors. I ask this as both Australia and Canada will not accept the MRCGP by portfolio method.
    I would love the opportunity to work without your appraisal, revalidation, CQC nonsense and of course a yearly pay cut

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  • Why would any rational GP continue to pay membership fees to the College?

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  • Most of these disrespectful questions are unfair. The RCGP is not a political organisation per se. It started to move in that direction under Claire Gerada who adopted a much higher profile than this post had hitherto expressed. Most of these moans should be laid at the door of the BMA.

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  • "Most of these moans should be laid at the door of the BMA."

    Nonsense. The RCGP has been complicit with nonsense such as Revalidation / Appraisal / CQC etc and continues to talk rubbish ("best job in the world").

    If they can't be effective they should at least be honest.

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  • Why when you have been asked about GP pay do you say apologetic things such as 'G's are well paid'?

    Why do you not correct the difference between partnership 'profit' and salary and what most GP's are actually taking home?

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  • "Revalidation / Appraisal / CQC " are about improving standards and maintaining professional development. Both of which are good ideas. It is not the college's fault that the CQC has been so inept.If you have other criticism of revalidation then I suggest you approach the GMC. The main problems facing GPs at the moment stem from an incompetent and hostile government coupled with a financial .squeeze. To address this you should rely on your trade union to fight your corner and that is the BMA.

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