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New member elected to GPC negotiating team

Essex LMC chief executive Dr Brian Balmer has been elected to the GPC contract negotiating team, taking over from long-term incumbent Dr Peter Holden.

The elections held today reinstated Dr Beth McCarron-Nash, a GP in Cornwall, and deputy chair Dr Richard Vautrey, a GP in Leeds, who will both serve two-year terms alongside Dr Balmer.

Dr Holden, a GP in Matlock Derbyshire and medical aircrew with the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance, has held his place on the GPC negotiating team for more than 15 years, and is the last remaining member of the team that secured the 2004 GMS contract.

He has led the GPC’s negotiations on premises, and talks on urgent and emergency medicine and warned in April that there was ‘a year to save general practice’.

Dr Holden was one of the first on the scene when one of the 7/7 bombs destroyed a bus outside BMA House on Tavistock Square in 2005.

Dr Balmer, has had recent successes for Essex PMS practices, negotiating a highly favourable GMS transition arrangement minimising the risk of scything cuts form PMS reviews.

Readers' comments (7)

  • Vinci Ho

    Best of luck , mate
    You need that....

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  • We couldn't ask for better.

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  • Whilst I am sorry to see Peter Holden step down- he has been a vociferous advocate for patient care and general practice resource- Brian Balmer is also a plain speaking individual of enormous integrity.
    Perhaps the greatest tribute to Peter Holden's effectiveness in negotiating role is the observation that although it is widely acknowledged he was the leading clinicain in the BMA's extraodrinary response to the Tavistock square bombing neither he (nor the other BMA staff present appear) to have recieved any official recognoition for going " above and beyond the call of duty"
    Too many "Enemies in High places" for a New Year or Queens birthday acknowledgement perhaps?

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  • Vinci Ho

    For those who speak the truth and insist on the truth , the honour and appreciation come from the bottom of our hearts , not from a piece of medal.
    Live long and prosper ........

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  • I am very sad to see Dr.Holden go. I have seen him speak and he doesnt mince words and certainly stands up to what`s right. Unfortunately many higher ups dont like it and although its sad for the profession he doesnt need the stress of dealing with the DOH idiots anymore.

    Good luck Peter!

    If we ever go for mass resignation hope to see you in front of the picket line and hope you taught some BMA members how to grow a pair!

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  • Sad to see a GP like Dr Holden who is in touch with reality on the ground go.

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  • Thank you for your kind remarks

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