13. Dr Farah Jameel
This London-based GP was the BMA GP Committee’s executive lead on arguably the biggest issue facing GPs – workload.
She is integral in efforts to tackle the workload dump from secondary care, to stop trusts discharging patients who have missed their first appointment, and promoting consultant to consultant referrals.
Dr Jameel is also the executive lead on clinical and prescribing issues, recently turning her attention to how referral management systems are rejecting GP referrals following an outcry from GPs on social media.
However, she is most proud of her role as one of the four executive team members of the GPC who negotiated the new contract.
The revisions made to the contract, including QOF changes, funding for joining networks and an agreement for the NHS to provide indemnity cover - instead of GPs having to pay - will have major ramifications for years to come.
The gravity of those changes did not go unnoticed by the Dr Jameel, who also co-chairs Camden LMC. Dr Jameel says she ‘distinctly recall[s] feeling overcome with emotion’ when a final agreement was reached.
She says: ‘We were still tweaking the final document 24 hours prior to launch. I recall being driven to a sky dive launch location while on annual leave atop this mountain - typing away on my phone with my comments.’
Why influential: Part of negotiating team overseeing major GP contract reforms
What others say: ‘Never takes no for an answer’
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