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RCGP to re-run chair elections after 'technical error'

Exclusive The RCGP is having to re-run the election of its next chair, after one of the two candidates was disqualified due to a ‘technical error’.

Dr Steve Mowle, who is RCGP vice chair, and Dr Maureen Baker were the only candidates for chair; however, the RCGP council decided to re-open nominations after a ‘technical error’ meant one of them was disqualified.

Nominations to replace Professor Clare Gerada, whose term ends in November, will now be re-opened in March.

The RCGP said in a statement: ‘Two candidates submitted nominations for the role of chair-elect of council but, due to a technical error, one of the candidates was subsequently ruled out from running in the election. Due process was followed throughout.

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‘Council has reached its decision on the grounds that the chair-elect needs the full mandate of Council, as representatives of the RCGP’s 46,000 membership.

‘The vote to re-run the election was taken in the interests of democracy and at no time was the suitability of the individual candidates ever a factor.’

The RCGP refused to confirm the exact nature of the technical error, and which candidate was involved.

Readers' comments (9)

  • I thought RCGP computers never made a mistake lol.

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  • Hilarious.
    Particularly the bit about the 46,000 doctors daft enough to give money to these people.

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  • Firstly, it's a pity that only 2 candidates are interested in the job. This perhaps reflects the current low level of trust in which the College is held.

    Moreover, surely a disqualified candidate is a disqualified candidate? Or, perhaps the powers that be did not like the look of the remaining, legitimate candidate.

    A sad day for democracy.

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  • This election happens only every three years. How could the senior officer responsible for elections be unprepared and overlook a technical error? This should never have happened. Yet another public embarrassment for the profession. This wouldn't happen at the RCP or our sister Colleges.

    Yet another example of incompetence and the responsible officer not being held to account for failing to spot the 'technical error'.

    Until someone carries the can for the serial incompetence, the serial incompetence will continue. Fix it!

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  • I guess we were lucky that they weren't deciding which testicle to remove...sheesh.

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  • This is a sad day for not only the college but the rest of the profession, although technically it may be correct - natural justice and the interest of general practice dictate that this race should be re-run with both candidates

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  • College may not accept or identify technical errors when it comes to exams (AKT or CSA) but it takes no time to accept technical error for elections ... Democracy is the best revenge !

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  • What a bunch of jokers!

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