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Pulse names the country’s 50 most influential GPs

Pulse has published its sixth annual list of the most influential GPs in the UK, with a third of the names new this year.

Topping the list is GPC chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul who was nominated by colleagues for leading with ‘skill and diplomacy’ and being a ‘great voice for general practice at a difficult time’.

Also in the top three are chief inspector of general practice Professor Steve Field and RCGP chair Dr Maureen Baker.

Resilient GP co-founder Dr Stephanie de Giorgio has jumped straight in at number seven, after standing up at the RCGP conference and telling health secretary Jeremy Hunt that GPs are ‘exhausted, drowning and quite frankly furious with you’ and asking: ‘What are you going to do about it?

Other new entries include Sir Sam Everington, national chief adviser on new models of general practice, newly-elected RCGP president Dr Terry Kemple and blogger and campaigner Dr Zoe Norris.

Pulse compiles the Power 50 annually with the help of hundreds of nominations from GP readers. It also compiles a list of ‘rising stars’ - this year topped by Doncaster LMC medical secretary Dr Dean Eggitt, who is described as ‘the exciting new voice of the GPC’.

Readers' comments (16)

  • Vinci Ho

    Sorry to spoil your fun , Nigel
    The choice of the name 'Power' can't stop me assiciating with what Lord Acton's famous quote.......

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  • the patient the patient the patient the general pateint the general public ...all these GP are the most influnetial and as long as there is no Dr in front of their names they will be the 64 million influental GP in the country ....disclamimer 64 million does not include anyone who went to medical school and has Dr in front of their name ( PhD does not count ) or a Mr ( for those who understand )

    The above is purely a fictional statment any resemblance to anyone living or deceased is purely coincidental and some elements may have beenl heard in a crowd speaking loudly over the last few years

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  • Apparently my comments on the top 3 are so offensive as to require redaction. Well put it this way, as far as I am concerned, the four horsemen of the apocalypse are not labelled as per the Book of Revelation, but instead are named Jeremy, Maureen, Chaand and Steve.

    I do so hope I haven't offended anyone.

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  • Do gp's have any "POWER: any more??

    do they have any relevance in shaping policy and the future of the profession??

    for the sake of the future i hope these last few years are just a "blip" or anomaly and that things will change. The good positive here is that there are some new faces that do represent Grassroots (at least for the time being anyway) faces such as Dr Zoe norris..... one hopes there are more on the way like her and not many of the establishment status quo protectors (we all know who they are....and an earlier post has already named and shamed 4 of them)

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  • Vinci Ho

    The problem is one does not really have actual power if one is not IN an establishment but once you are well inside an establishment , you are bound by 'baggages'. The baggages can corrupt. And of course , everybody wants to rule the world:

    Tears For Fears – Everybody Wants To Rule The World Lyrics
    Welcome to your life; there's no turning back
    Even while we sleep we will find
    You acting on your best behavior
    Turn your back on mother nature
    Ev'rybody wants to rule the world

    It's my own desire, it's my own remorse
    Help me to decide. Help me make the most
    Of freedom and of pleasure
    Nothing ever lasts forever
    Everybody wants to rule the world

    There's a room where the light won't find you
    Holding hands while the walls come tumbling down
    When they do, I'll be right behind you
    So glad we've almost made it
    So sad they had to fade it
    Ev'rybody wants to rule the world

    I can't stand this indecision
    Married with a lack of vision
    Everybody wants to rule the world
    Say that you'll never, never, never, need it
    One headline, why believe it?
    Everybody wants to rule the world

    All for freedom and for pleasure
    Nothing ever lasts forever
    Everybody wants to rule the world

    What did Lord Acton say?
    Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
    Great men are almost always bad men.

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  • we don't have any 'influential' gps hence the mess we are in.

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  • 50 people peeing into a hurricane. Next!

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  • You missed off Dr Martin Ellingham, as played by Martin Clunes. He influences more patient behaviour than any of this crowd, and in making me smile is a partial antidote to the 4 horsemen mentioned earlier.

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  • Missing are Sarah Jarvis, Christian Jessen, Ellie Cannon, Dawn Harper, Chris Steele, Hilary Jones, Pixie McKenna and Mark Porter. All GPs, and all more powerful/ influential than 90% of this list. Which makes their collective silence on the slow death of the profession really hard to take. Just once, if Sarah Jarvis tore up the script for her half hour with Jeremy Vine and said " this week, we're talking about the impending collapse of primary care", I'd take back every time I've muttered a rude word during her show. But they all stay silent and pocket their fees. Only Phil Hammond seems to say anything worth hearing, and even then his Private Eye column probably gets fewer readers than the posters in my waiting room. Power? Don't make me laugh.

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