Cookie policy notice

By continuing to use this site you agree to our cookies policy below:
Since 26 May 2011, the law now states that cookies on websites can ony be used with your specific consent. Cookies allow us to ensure that you enjoy the best browsing experience.

This site is intended for health professionals only

At the heart of general practice since 1960

19. Dr Charlotte Jones

Welsh GPC chair

19 dr jones charlotte power50 2017 19

19 dr jones charlotte power50 2017 19

Life may not be perfect for Welsh GPs, but it’s a damn sight better than in England and Northern Ireland. And they have Dr Jones to thank for that.

‘She is just generally brilliant at promoting and developing primary care,’ was how one nominator put it.

And her work over the past year bears testament to that. The new contract managed to secure significant funds for practices, including a 2.7% uplift, new warfarin and care home DESs, phlebotomy resources and new premises resources.

Dr Jones had already got the Welsh Government to suspend QOF from January to April to ease pressure on practices during the winter, which saw them paid for all indicators based on the previous year’s achievement if they so wished.

But – like her equivalent in Scotland, Dr Alan McDevitt – she still has to fight for practices on the very real problems they face. A project led by Dr Jones this year found that there had been a surge in ‘at risk’ GP practices in Wales, with 29 submitting applications for help from their local health boards.

Grassroots GPs point to the good working relationship between the GPC and the Welsh Government. As one put it, she ‘a working relationship with Welsh Government that is collaborative - nothing like the confrontational approach in England’.

So who have Welsh GPs got to thank for her approach? She says: ‘My two teenagers (Rhiannon and William) of whom I am immensely proud and who really show me how to negotiate. New techniques exhibited frequently.’

Rate this article 

Click to rate

  • 1 star out of 5
  • 2 stars out of 5
  • 3 stars out of 5
  • 4 stars out of 5
  • 5 stars out of 5

0 out of 5 stars

Have your say