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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)

  • Why is today's RCGP focused on lobbying, campaigning and duplicating the BMA rather than fulfilling its charitable mission of education and training? You shun the College's founding principles and purpose as espoused by Horder and Pickles. As a result, you diminish General Practice as a discipline. Today's RCGP is simply a PR Trojan Horse for wannabe GP-politicians funded on the back of trainees' fees.

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  • Dr Baker, I have cancelled my membership to RCGP because I feel that you and the College have repeatedly failed to represent me and my profession from the constant barrage from the media and DOH. Why do you think this view is held by many of my GP colleagues?

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  • Took Early Retirement

    Fair Comment 8.56. IN theory the BMA is supposed to be about terms and conditions but maybe Clare Gerada felt that if things went on as they did, there wouldn't be any GPs to train and keep up to date with appropriate education. Hence a difficult tightrope to walk, but I feel Dr B is just a government bunny. However, the best she will get is an OBE for her pains; or maybe an OBN?

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  • there appears to be a lot of negativity to how Dr Baker has handled her role but as someone has commented she was 'democratically' voted in. However, it can't be ignored that a lot of GPs (myself included) do not feel that the RCGP represents their views.

    so the question has to be asked ' what proportion of GPs does the RCGP actually represent ?'

    the next question for those that are not happy with the RCGP is should we form our own college?

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  • How does the RCGP help its members suspended by the GMC? Currently the RCGP automatically suspends their membership at a time the GMC is telling them to return in 6 or 12 months and demonstrate evidence of maintaining their knowledge and clinical skills. By suspending those doctors, the RCGP denies them access to learning materials for members, irrespective of the fact that they had been paying their annual membership fees for years. It's the time that members suspended by the GMC are so vulnerable and in need of academic support from their collage. How do you justify this?

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  • Just over 12 months ago you stated that "the pressures on general practice now are as bad as they've been at any time during your [career as a GP]."

    In recent months you have argued that the future of GP is "looking bright" and urged young doctors "now is the time to consider a career in general practice".

    My experience is that demand, expectations and workload have all increased significantly in the last year. Many practices in my area are in real crisis. A high proportion of GPs in the locality are close to retirement. Our local training scheme has numerous unfilled posts. I'm sure the picture is similar in many parts of the country.

    How does the RCGP plan to bridge the gap between the present and this much hyped golden future, which itself seems to be entirely based a promise of future investment made in the run up to a general election?

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  • Do you think the answer to the recruitment crisis is in the job adverts for Australia? If you swapped the word Australia for Hull, Leicester etc. do you think the GPs going to Australia would change their mind? Or is it more complicated than that?

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  • Why have you not rejected Shape of Training recommendation to shorten hospital consultant training time? It is unsafe and you should support your hospital colleagues

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  • The Rcgp is pushing for an increase in GPs but it's clear there are no funds available for the increased numbers. How is this expansion going to be funded other than with driving down pay? Is a gp fte really only worth £50k per year because that is what will happen if the Rcgp agenda goes through. How much is a gp who has gone through training for 10 years plus taking daily risk and responsibilities many other professionals would not be worth? 50k can be early by a ANP working freelance after a 6 month course and with little responsibility.

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  • If we are only worth £50,000 pa then no amount of publicity about how wonderful job is will encourage any newly qualified doctor become a GP Job satisfaction unfortunately doesn't pay the bills How are you going to ensure income doesn't drop dramatically or are you actually in cahoots with masters and believe should be dumbing down our role which any person with 2 year training eg Physicians Assistants and hence not worth paying for expertise GP as too expensive

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