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Professor Peter Rubin elected new GMC chair

By Joanne Ellul

Professor Peter Rubin has been elected as the next chair of the GMC Council. He will take up office on 20 April 2009 and succeeds Sir Graeme Catto who has been President of the GMC since February 2002.

The new chair is a Professor of Therapeutics and Honorary Consultant Physician at Nottingham University Hospitals. He is a former chair of the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board, dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Nottingham and chair of the GMC Education Committee.

Professor Rubin was elected ahead of rival candidates Dr John Jenkins, a consultant paediatrician, and Ann Robinson, a former civil servant. Ms Robinson would have been the first lay chair of the GMC in its 150-year existence.

Professor Rubin said: 'It is an honour and a privilege to become Chair of the General Medical Council. The next few years for the GMC will be challenging and exciting as we continue to deliver a major agenda of change.'

Top of his agenda will be revalidation and the merger with the PMETB, a GMC press spokesperson said.

Sir Graeme Catto, his predecessor, was responsible for pushing through the GMC revalidation process, which will be rolled-out this autumn. He also oversaw the introduction of the civil standard of proof for fitness to practice cases, despite widespread objection from GPs.

Professor Peter Rubin, the next GMC chair Professor Peter Rubin, the next GMC chair

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