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RCGP appoints Amanda Howe as new president

The RCGP has elected Professor Amanda Howe as its next president, following a national ballot.

She follows in the steps of Professor Mayur Lakhani, who will complete his two-year term as president in November.

Professor Howe is currently the RCGP's East Anglia faculty provost, and has previously served as RCGP vice chair for professional development and honorary secretary.

She is also the immediate past president of the World Organisation of Family Doctors (WONCA) and a professor of primary care at the University of East Anglia.

Professor Howe will take over from Professor Lakhani later this year and will remain in office until November 2021.

Seven college members were vying for the seat, including Professor Rodger Charlton; Dr John Chisholm; Dr Sunil Gupta; Professor Amanda Howe; Professor Roger Jones; Dr Imran Rafi; and Dr Carter Singh.

The turnout of the elections was 14% of college members who were eligible to vote, according to RCGP.

RCGP chief operating officer and college returning officer Dr Valerie Vaughan-Dick said: ‘Congratulations to Amanda, and many thanks to the other six candidates who stood for the role of RCGP President. It was a truly fair and open contest.

‘Amanda brings a wealth of experience of the College, academic primary care and frontline general practice. We very much look forward to working with her.’

Elsewhere, the RCGP recently rescinded its invitation of Julia Hartley-Brewer to its upcoming annual conference.

Readers' comments (10)

  • Yawn

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  • An honest individual might recognise that a mandate of 6% of the Profession removes any right to claim to speak on behalf of the Profession. Time will tell.

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  • Took Early Retirement

    14% voted- a protest in itself!

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  • 14 per cent!
    Maybe they should introduce compulsory voting as part of the appraisal system and insist on a reflective eportfolio entry on the choice to allow work as a GP
    Increasingly irrelevant as an organisation to front line clinicians

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  • Oh dear

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  • How much time have you spent as a frontline jobbing GP Professor Howe?

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  • doctordog.


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  • wikipedia says:
    'Since her graduation in 1984, Howe has worked as a GP. She was a partner at the Foxhill Medical Centre in Sheffield between the years of 1984-2001.She now practises one day a week at the Bowthorpe Medical Centre in Norwich'

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  • Una Coales. Retired NHS GP.

    Sincerest congratulations to Professor Amanda Howe. It was a tough time for me on Council trying to hold the RCGP to account and you were very kind to me during your time on the Executive Committee as you tried to mediate between me and the College. You will be an amazing RCGP President and I am super pleased members voted for you.

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