This site is intended for health professionals only

At the heart of general practice since 1960

Read the latest issue online

A faulty production line

Dr Maureen Baker elected as next RCGP chair

Dr Maureen Baker has been named as the next chair of the RCGP, following her election by council members today.

Dr Baker will take over from current chair, Professor Clare Gerada, in November and won the election by 37 votes against opponent Dr Steve Mowle’s 21 votes, out of a possible 67 votes

She will take up the role of RCGP chair elect at the council meeting in June before taking over from current chair Professor Gerada in November.

She was originally announced chair after the nominations board found a ‘technical error’ with Dr Mowle’s application. However, the RCGP council overturned this decision ‘in the interests of democracy’.

Dr Baker said: ‘I am delighted and honoured to be elected to such an important role at the RCGP.

‘Later this year the NHS will celebrate its 65th anniversary in a landscape of financial austerity and an environment more complex and challenging than at any time in its history. This very week, news of the serious problems facing A&E units only serves to underline the desperate need for adequately resourced and properly integrated GP services.

‘I am more convinced than ever that GPs, and their professional body, have a crucial role to play in helping the NHS tackle the challenges of the years ahead. I look forward to playing my part in meeting these challenges.’

Dr Baker has been a GP since 1985 and currently practises in Lincoln. She was honorary secretary of the RCGP from 1999-2009. She is currently a member of the RCGP Trustee Board and is the RCGP lead for emergency planning and preparedness.


Readers' comments (8)

  • Well done Dr Maureen Baker, our new RCGP Chair Elect. Good to see a nationally-elected RCGP Council Rep be appointed as RCGP Chair by council ballot. Hope one day all 44,000 subscribing College members may vote for their College Chair for full democracy in action.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • Not a chance.

    This shop is closed.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • Finally, a credible Chair with experience and focus.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • Glad to see the dysfunctional oligarchy at the top of the RCGP finally agreed who would emerge as leader. A sad day for democracy.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • Tom Caldwell

    Perhaps Dr Coales would feel happier if we were all sure Dr Baker had passed the MRCGP examination, or is it just the President we have to question that for?

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • @Thomas Caldwell
    You can only feel the pain that iMGs are going through if you have faced discrimination yourself . CSA is destroying careers based on discrimination. Its about being fair and treating everyone equally. I hope Dr Baker can give justice and undo the blunders of Dr Gerada & her cronies.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • Tom Caldwell

    @anonymous my comment relates to an historic exam result of a former president which was questioned by Dr Coales. If you wish to make a comment about the CSA please feel free to do so, but please do not decide to accuse me of commenting on the CSA and IMGs when I have done no such thing.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • @ThomasCaldwell I made both a personal and a public apology for the misunderstanding. She had chosen not to undertake VTS GP training but had sat and passed the MRCGP exam and was awarded the Fraser Rose Medal which makes one question whether training helps one prepare for the MRCGP exam or not. I along with two other esteemed 2012 RCGP Presidential candidates still await a public apology from the RCGP and the results of a long overdue Presidential election EA as raised on Council in June of last year following the unconstitutional breaches by the RCGP Nominations Committee to try to ban 3/6 candidates.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

Have your say