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GPC chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul awarded CBE

The chair of the GPC Dr Chaand Nagpaul has been honoured by the Queen for services to primary care, it has been announced.

Dr Nagpaul has been appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.

The GPC chair said he was ‘humbled’ to receive the award, which he said was a tribute to the profession as a whole.

Dr Nagpaul said: ‘I am truly touched and humbled to receive this award. It is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of over 40,000 GPs across the UK, who I am immensely proud and privileged to represent.

‘This honour equally belongs to the discipline of general practice - the most treasured jewel in the NHS’s crown and the bedrock of our health service providing personalised and trusted care to over one million patients daily.’

Dr Mark Porter, chair of BMA council said: ‘I am delighted for Chaand in receiving this honour. As chair of the [GPC], he has worked tirelessly to represent the interests of GPs and to highlight the challenges they face.’


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Readers' comments (26)

  • Whilst I think Chand is a great guy I feel he needs to ballot GPs for industrial action. It's gone far enough. The profession was damaged before he took over the helm.

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  • As the elected representative of GPs he is responsible for assessing the wishes of those that he represents. The GPC has not yet undertaken a poll on what, if any, actions GPs wish to take in response to the unprecedented appalling work load and stress that GPs face on a daily basis. Industrial action should be one of the options.

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  • Mmmmm..................

    A gong for what?

    Lots and lots of meetings, PR, spin and media training.

    And no impact whatsoever on grassroots GPs' working lives.

    The most ineffectual GPC leadership at a time we needed it most.

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  • Vinci Ho

    It is a 'recognition' for fighting this battle , congrad, Chaand.
    But I would dedicate these quotes from the best TV show currently on earth to you:

    "You are the few, we are the many. And when the many stop fearing the few..." -The High Sparrow. GOT S05E07
    Do you know what leadership means, Lord Snow?
    It means that the person in charge gets second-guessed by every clever little t*** with a mouth.
    But if he starts second-guessing himself , that is the end, for him, for the clever little t***s for everyone.
    This is not the end, not for us, not if you lot do your duty for however long to beat them back....
    Ser Allister
    GOT S4 ep9

    Valar Morghulis
    Valar Dohaeris

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  • "As to the juror or witness bribe both "

    Latin a language once and perhaps still does form the basics of medical terminology in many casess
    Not sure how many of us remember this but then again I am a GP - not sure if A thought or opinion is encouraged let alone allowed to think about in a dream

    Congrats Chaand but somewhere somehow I have heard lots of people feel let down by the very people who are there to protect us .
    I suppose this is democracy -- I just wish it was equality for all know truth justice freedom -- wait sorry that's the USA motto --- sounds nice though I think

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  • As chair of the [GPC], he has worked tirelessly to represent the interests of GPs and to highlight the challenges they face.
    As a jobbing GP [insert name] has worked tirelessly to represent the interests of thier patients and to highlight the challenges they face.
    NO GONG.

    Sorry but when Dr Chand has actually made an appreciable difference so that GPs can look after their patients properly I'll pop around once a week and polish his gong for him; but until then it's a joke.

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  • Help!

    Lawrence Buckman and Hamish Meldrum, where are you?

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  • I have nothing against the recognition of excellence or genuine achievements.

    ... But our profession has been locked in battle for more than a decade now with successive governments that have destroyed our working lives and morale. Many GPS have the BMA and indeed the UK out of utter frustration.

    Not one BMA leader since Hamish Meldrum threatened mass resignation has had any impact on the government plans for our profession.

    Why is it that tube and rail workers don't suffer contract impositions as we do? Every time the government try to do it the unions bring them back to the negotiating table through a hard line stance and genuine action.

    The BMA refuses to ballot its members on other options including mass resignation but does have lots of jolly nice meetings.

    Whilst I'm sure that Chaand is a very nice guy I am against him receiving such awards whilst he is supposed to be leading us in opposition against the government.

    This smacks of a pay-off to ensure the status quo continues and taints the office of GPC chair. To receive an award during his tenure makes no sense and certainly suggests that he will not be working in the professions best interest.

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  • This is a political move. Chand is a lovely person. He has been talking a more hardened approach the last few months. The government are aware of this. This gong is to mute his new found "militancy". Accept the award chand but don't let it change your decision making.

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  • sooo early
    doiung sooo little
    trying represent aaalllll GPs
    why oh why
    why him , why not Drs Copperfields & Co or NLP???
    I do not know why- maybe he was once invited to the Palace and did not make it ( Noro-Virus and/or other viruses keeping hi, busy...)????

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