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Gerada to make medicine 'fun' if elected to BMA Council

Professor Clare Gerada has pledged to help improve the working lives of doctors and deal with the ‘unfinished business’ of the NHS reforms, if she is successful in her bid for election onto BMA Council.

The former RCGP chair told Pulse that she would ‘bring fun back into medicine’ if elected as a member of BMA Council in March.

Nominations opened for the 18 places on BMA Council last week, with those elected serving a four-year term from July.

Professor Gerada stood down as chair of RCGP in November and recently took on a role as clinical chair for primary care transformation in London, although her recent suggestion that all GPs should become salaried proved unpopular.

She said: ‘I am standing[…] because there are things that I would like to help change. I think we need to improve the working lives of training grade doctors who work in hospitals. We have a culture of fear now in medicine juxtaposed with a culture of compassion that doctors are meant to espouse.

‘I want to help bring the fun back into medicine. There is also the unfinished business with the NHS reforms and I would like to be in a position to help shape the NHS in a positive way as a public service.’

Professor Gerada was named by peers as the most influential GP in Pulse’s annual top 50 list for two years running in 2011 and 2012, and placed at number eight in 2013.

The BMA council plays a role in administering the association’s affairs and making and implementing policy. The closing date for nominations is 7 February at 4pm, and voting will open in the week beginning 17 March.

Readers' comments (24)

  • Interesting times ahead, might just hold on to the BMA membership after all.

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  • Vinci Ho

    The good thing about CG is - never stops surprising us.....

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  • Dont anyone hold your breath on this! I have no regrets at recently ending my BMA membership after 22 years- hoping that our leaders will help improve general practice for grassroots GPs. I have finally come to the conclusion that no-one else is going to help our situation but ourselves.

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  • It is a sad fact that Clare was chair of the RCGP during the most destructive 3 years in the history of general practice.
    I have no faith that she would fare any better at the BMA.

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  • Well when we look at what happened in the CSA and the devastation felt by imgs till this day, nobody is particularly excited about this.

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  • Dear Geruda, We've had enough fun. Please, Please, leave us alone.
    - Another IMG.

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  • Some people in this world are addicted to power and prestige, intention may not essentially to do good for humanity but it may be to satisfy their own ego – Chinese quote

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  • Fun? for someone who failed to address 3 years of decline within the profession, this is an 'interesting' manifesto. As for 'unfinished business', do we really want someone with a grudge representing us?

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