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'I am ready to lead and champion general practice'

Professor Mayur Lakhani on why he is standing for RCGP president

I am proud to be a GP and proud of the work that GPs do. Thank you for the extraordinary contribution that you all make in so many ways not only in delivering clinical general practice but also in education, teaching, research, assessment and leadership. One million people are seen in general practice every working day. GPs are the backbone of the NHS in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Without GPs, the NHS would collapse.

I know just how difficult things are at the moment. I understand your concerns about long hours, relentless demand and a workforce crisis. Medical students are shunning general practice as a career.  Experienced GPs are thinking of leaving.  If you are a first five GP, I know you face far too many obstacles in pursuing a fulfilling career.  

I say enough is enough.  That is why I am standing for president - as a working GP - to lead the fight back by making the strongest possible case for general practice and for us to be valued. I am ready to lead and champion general practice. All GPs must be given the right support to be the best doctors they can be. You deserve that support.

As your president, I will therefore make careers and the recruitment and retention of GPs the number one priority. What we need is a portfolio career structure that is fair, progressive, and rewarding, and one which values everyone including the ‘Last Five’ - GPs aged 55-60.

In this way we can create opportunity for all GPs regardless of their gender, ethnicity, or employment status.  Whether you are a locum or partner, or a sessional portfolio GP, I want you to succeed and thrive. Happy doctors make for happy patients.

I genuinely believe that this is a time of great opportunity to lead and champion general practice. The GP as an expert generalist is the key to the future of the NHS and the practice is the building block and the hub for an integrated care system. I am proud of the NHS

As president, I want to represent the concerns and issues that matter most to members and faculties. The College is its members and faculties. I want the College to flourish wherever it is found, be it in Scotland, In England, In Wales, in Northern Ireland and internationally. 

Being president requires an in-depth understanding of the RCGP which I have acquired in a career spanning 20 years at local and national levels. I was newsletter editor, council representative and faculty chair in Leicester. I was Chair of Council from 2004-2007 when I advocated the concept of federations in our ‘roadmap’.

I graduated from the University of Dundee Medical School in 1983. I have been a GP for 24 years in Sileby, near Loughborough. Our practice has won awards for quality, including the 2014 national long term conditions team of the year. We have a longstanding PPG and we are part of a federation. As CCG lead, I pioneered a scheme for palliative care which is now used by over 100 practices. I am also a trustee and Chairman of The National Council for Palliative Care (finishing in September 2015) leading the Dying Matters campaign.

Things can be better. Things can change. Things are improving. Imagine a future where there is freedom to practice clinical medicine without ticking boxes or fear of complaints and where, because of the renaissance of general practice that we can create, there is a surge of applications for GP training.

I believe we can do this. If anyone can do this, we can. We are at a turning point and now is the time for the strongest possible leadership.  That is why this election is crucial. Make sure you exercise your right to vote.

We can renew general practice by pursuing a progressive agenda that builds on our core values – quality, continuity, evidence and holistic care. Renewal requires working for better quality for patients, more support and resources for practices and improving the daily working lives of GPs to improve.

If I am elected it will be an honour to represent the profession as president of the college.  I would promote the college as a trusted guide to learning, support and innovation throughout a GP’s career to build resilience.

Bringing GPs together to make a united stand is my goal. I will therefore do my best to be every GP’s president. Together we can create the best days for general practice.

Professor Mayur Lakhani is a practicing GP in Leicestershire, and is also chair of the National Council for Palliative Care.

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Readers' comments (7)

  • I would urge all members to vote in the RCGP elections for president and council which commence on May 5th.
    please feel free to contact me to discuss issues that matter to you or @Doctormayur or for more information visit, click

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  • My question to all those standing for RCGP president post is: How will you get rid of the political intereference at RCGP level?
    Best wishes to all the candidates.
    I sincerely hope that you remember why you chose to be a GP and do not bend over to political pressures.
    Please do what is right for the doctors and in return the grassroot GPs will continue to do what is right for the patients.

    Frustrated GP!

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  • The RCGP will need to wake up. What does it stand for? Because most young GPs/trainees do not know and don't really care. They don't even know who MB is or why they pay + £400 membership to an exclusive intangible group that seems exclusive. Missed opportunity.

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  • Margaret Thatcher restored the authority against sectoral interests, the trade unions and we have not one GP who can stand against the corporate take over of the NHS

    She didn't care what other think about her with her thinly disguised contempt.

    maybe I'm too optimistic about our RCGP president

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  • Sadly, this vote is meaningless. Apart from one candidate who will not get in due to the voting patterns, they are all part of the clique. The RCGP is derided by other colleges and most of us only pay so we can keep the letters , necessary because of our roles. Many dont even pay and still have MRCGP.
    Ask why the vast majority do not vote in these elections. Ask why the RCGP fails to act on the grievances of members. I can pay £400 elsewhere for online education.And please, please, please stop the inane newsletters each week telling us that some one from the RCGP was asked to talk for 30 seconds on Gardener's Question time etc. They ask the Flat Earcth Society too. Doesnt mean they think anything of them!

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  • From the RCGP website: "Success in the MRCGP exam confirms GP trainees meet RCGP membership requirements and completed the assessments required for specialty training for general practice". Cost = £477.00 + £1602.00 (more if you fail!).
    YOU PASS THE TEST - THEY THEN GIVE YOU A POOR CRUMPLED ROLLED UP PAPER (not even embossed!) certificate, charge your family for a ceremony to attend to shake someones hand, then say you need to pay annually to retain those letters???? What a privilege.
    The vision and business model of the RCGP is horrendously flawed.

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  • As a member of the RCGP for a very long time I confirm it is a completely pointless organisation mainly for the benefits of its officers .i have now wasted a significant five figure sum on fees but am obliged to remain a member and remain so for no other reason . RCGP officers are establishment time wasters and nothing else!

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