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Four candidates to stand for RCGP chair

Exclusive Dr Helen Stokes-Lampard, the current treasurer of the RCGP, is one of four candidates to take over as chair of the college this year.

The other three candidates are Dr Tim Ballard, vice chair of external affairs at the RCGP, Dr Sunil Gupta, a GP in Essex and GP trainer, and Professor Martin Marshall, a GP and professor of healthcare improvement at University College London, Pulse understands.

The RCGP declined to reveal the names of the candidates before it made an official announcement at an unspecified date.

But a spokesperson for the college said that the election results to replace the current chair, Professor Maureen Baker, may be announced by July.

Dr Stokes-Lampard is a partner in Lichfield, Staffordshire, and a senior lecturer at Birmingham Medical School.

She has been featured in Pulse’s ‘Power 50’ for the past two years, with judges praising her for the ‘efficiency with which she juggles her clinical, political and academic roles’.

Dr Ballard is principal in a small rural dispensing practice in Wiltshire, and has been an examiner for the MRCGP exam.

Dr Guptil is an MRCGP examiner, sits on the governing body of NHS Castle Point and Rochford CCG, and is a GP advisor for CQC inspections.

Professor Marshall was chair of RCGP’s ethics committee chair for six years until 2014, and was one of the architects of the QOF

Readers' comments (21)

  • Gosh, so exciting. This will be a chance to maintain the RCGP as a relevant organisation that understands primary care and...... yes, it is my crayon, sister, is it time for my medication again?

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  • They are all so well connected - CQQC and RCGP that you vote either for the devil or the deep sea. God save general practice.

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  • Thanks, but completely irrelevant to my daily general practice.

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  • The £19k I have saved in subs to Cardie HQ has lopped 2 years off my mortgage and hence means I have only 18 months left in this god awful job. Best time to be a GP in a generation, though.

    The best thing whoever fills Auntie Maureen's vacated post could do is immediately recant on the "best time in a generation" bs and give Resilient GP the keys to Euston Palace before going on extended sabbatical.

    Alas with the parade of usual suspects on the ballot, members still paying their 500 quid might be better off making a paper airplane with it.

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  • Another election for another lame duck to kowtow to NHSE

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  • Have resigned and will be using the £530 to have a resilient holiday. This might make more likely that I am here next year rather than the weekly emails and the trash that is the journal that is good use in my wood burner. Save your folks.


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  • we'd be better off with a wooden chair from IKEA representing us.

    anyhow - i'm sure a hand-picked candidate will be chosen to ensure continuity - the last thing we want to do is to 'rock the boat'

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  • Took Early Retirement

    I've met Tim a couple of times. Ages ago now; he wouldn't remember me, but if I were still a paying member, I'd vote for him. I bet he still sees some patients there in Great Bedwyn. (If that is where he is still.) Mind you, even there it isn't exactly like working in an inner city, but you couldn't do that and have the time to work for the College.

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  • All great candidates!
    As a retired, single handed GP, I wonder why no grass root GP has applied for this Prestigious post. In my 32 years as a GP I have never been a member of the BMA or RCGP, because I felt they could never help or guide me. I would not be bullied by the GMC either, but alas, bullying is included in it's remit by law.The GPC could also be disbanded as GP's terms of service remain as ambigious as ever. Our terms of service and contract makes us akin to paid slaves, but, strangely, no one seems to mind. Long live paid slavery.

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  • A poisoned chalice

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