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New RCGP president announced as Dr Terry Kemple

Dr Terry Kemple has been announced as the next president of the RCGP today following a national ballot

He fought off competition from Professor Mayur Lakhani, the former chair of the college, who finished second, and Dr Michael Dixon, chair of the NHS Alliance, who finished fourth, to take the two-year role.

Dr Colin Hunter, the former chair of the QOF advisory board, who this week said NICE had ‘lost the plot’ on its drive for GPs to prescribe statins at the 10% threshold, came in third place.

Dr Kemple is a practising GP in Bristol, a GP educationalist and an appraiser, and has been a member of the RCGP council since 2013.

Writing on the Pulse website, he said that the college had become ‘complacent’.

He added: ‘The RCGP used to be a visionary college for its members that mapped out the exciting future for general practice. It’s become more like a complacent corporation that mostly provides membership services and as such has reacted too little and too late to the many causes of the current crisis.’

Dr Kemple said that general practice had reached a ‘tipping point’ .

He added: ‘Sensible options for the duration of the crisis are that the college prioritises the following: reducing our workload by stating what we can safely stop doing; ensuring that the medical schools and NHS start to produce enough GPs for the future; finding the best ways to provide essential general practice efficiently and effectively and spread that best practice faster.’

RCGP chief executive Neil Hunt said: ‘We congratulate Dr Kemple on his election win and look forward to working with him as part of the college’s officer team. I am confident that the College will benefit greatly from his vast experience of general practice and providing excellent care to patients.’

NB This story was updated at 10:50 on 4/6/2015 to reflect the fact that Dr Colin Hunter came third and Dr Michael Dixon came fourth, and that it is now a two-year term.

Readers' comments (20)

  • I voted for this GP as it seems he's the closest to grassroots and the other worthies have too many 'interests' to represent us fully.
    Good luck and please help us.
    My RCGP membership is now on the line, I won't renew unless we're represented by the college and mechanisms are in place for us to become GPs again, although I'm great at typing into forms!!

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  • Well done Terry. Great news for general practice

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  • Congratulations on your election to an irrelevant organisation !

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  • After seeing the efforts and sycophancy of previous "renowned" leaders of the RCGP and their "politicking" after leaving the post, I hope this chap will move away from representing the establishment and actually represent general practitioners who work day in day out at the coal face;

    either way i've resigned my membership of this "old boys club"

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  • I've one GP who had recently resigned, needs to make an impact soon as the other one is also ready to do the same.

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  • The profession and the RCGP hangs in a balance.

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  • Well done Terry for shaking up the RCGP oligarchy. The senior figures at the College have been passing roles amongst each other for far too long. Do not betray us and become one of them #diversity #opportunity #representarion

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  • The President must be silent. Sad that those who have served the college for years have not been elected

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  • Una Coales. Retired NHS GP.

    Congratulations Terry. When colleagues asked me who to vote for, I advised them to vote for you. You represent the grassroots GP partner who has slaved away for decades, been a local GP trainer and appraiser and has survived cancer so know what it is like to be a patient user of the NHS. I also appreciate all the support you gave me in emails when I was given a hard time by the College and given no choice but to resign my membership and seat on Council rather than face a kangaroo formal disciplinary for raising concerns about CSA on social media, for raising money for an unemployed IMG trainee's sons for xmas and for donating to BAPIO's fight against discrimination.

    Let us hope they do not attempt to gag your freedom to express an opinion. As for need for more medical students to choose general practice, I cannot agree with this with the current state of affairs for GPs. The only reason for Generation Y to be a GP is to take the MRCGP diploma and emigrate or try their hand in private practice.

    Look forward to hearing you speak out on behalf of beleaguered GPs.

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  • The role of the president is to support the chair

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