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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 feedback@pulsetoday.co.uk 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)

  • During 2005 - 2013, a total of 28 of the doctors under investigation by the GMC killed themselves.

    Do you believe the GMC is fit fior purpose?

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  • Anonymous | GP Partner | 28 January 2015 11:06am

    You are quite naive.

    the RCGP has been complicit and a cheerleader for the absolute waste of time and money which is the revalidation process - what evidence that is has been a cost effective use of limited resources to ensure doctors keep up date?

    The RCGP is not a neutral body, it has caused some of these issues with some of its disastrous reforms in GP training and helped generate a less resilient class of new trainee.

    Maureen Baker has been out of her depth at several levels and most obviously when doing any media work.

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  • Anonymous | GP Partner | 28 January 2015 11:45am

    maybe a little over generous describing you as 'quite' naive!

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  • Not naive at all. I know from first hand observation that the college is full of highly intelligent, motivated folk who are passionate about General Practice. Most of then get very little reward for the sterling work that they do on our behalf. What is doubly amazing is that they manage to keep going when faced with the barrage of ill informed spiteful nonsense displayed in some of these comments.

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  • Anonymous | GP Partner | 28 January 2015 12:45pm

    The good intentions of the college are irrelevant.

    We know from the history of medicine how many times drugs and other interventions have caused significant harm despite intelligent and motivated folk aiming not to.

    We have a whole range of issues ( revalidation, fast tracked NICE protocols, Healthchecks, Junior doctor training reorganization etc) where the college and its leaders have failed to see the big picture or protect and help its members.

    The comments you are seeing are a reflection of doctors who are on the frontline, who are aware of the evidence and are not isolated in an academic ivory tower.

    The fact that so many young GP's are bitter should have been ringing alarm bells. At least with Claire Gerada you felt she understood the issues. However she was an exception, those before and after her have been very poor. Do not under estimate how desperate many GP's are right now.

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  • "Most of then get very little reward for the sterling work that they do on our behalf"

    Please could you outline the 'sterling work' that RCGP does?

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  • "the sterling work that they do on our behalf"
    includes trying to kill off partnership, and turns us all into salaried serfs.
    Thanks for that RCGP

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  • So you lot are all active through your LMCs and through your faculties are you? The RCGP and BMA are democratic institutions- get yourself elected and do something about it then . You clearly think these problems are all easily solved and I'm sure we would therefore all benefit from your certainty that you can do better.

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  • should the rcgp rebrand itself as NHSE light or is it just a division of D.O.H ?

    does the RCGP have any relevance to the ordinary frontline GP or does it just represent a small number of GPs with vested interests?

    by awarding the head of the GMC Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practitioners - does this not undermine the RCGP in it's role of actually representing GPs - you know doctors ???

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  • Anonymous | GP Partner | 28 January 2015 3:24pm

    if you are willing to tow-the-line and agree with the political leadership you will get promoted. the rcgp only wants to hear what it wants to hear.

    if you are an outsider and try to challenge the system you will be crushed hence most of us have to resort to anonymous posting as we do not want to come to the radar of the gmc / bma / rcgp leadership eg Una.

    if i was retirement age and had nothing to lose i would put my name forward and ideas as i'm sure would others.

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