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Gerada withdraws from BMA Council election

Former RCGP chair Professor Clare Gerada has withdrawn her bid to be elected to the BMA Council, due to time constraints and potential ‘conflicts of interest’ with her current role at NHS London.

Professor Gerada explained that she felt that her current task, ‘transforming primary care’ in London, was too important to take on other responsibilities, but was adamant that BMA council remained an ambition.

Professor Gerada told Pulse at the start of the year that she was running to improve doctors’ working lives, and because she had ‘unfinished business’ with the NHS reforms.

She was listed as one of the nominees when the BMA published election statements in February, pledging to ‘bring fun back into medicine’ if elected.

The withdrawal means 58 candidates are now competing for the 18 council seats. The newly nominated members would serve for four years from July.

Professor Gerada, who was succeeded by current RCGP chair Maureen Baker, has since taken a position with NHS England (London) as is chair of ‘primary care transformation’ and is a partner at the London-based Hurley Clinic.

She was named by peers as the most influential GP in Pulse’s annual top 50 list for two years running in 2011 and 2012, and placed at number eight in 2013.

Dr Gerada told Pulse: ‘I think on reflection, I felt that I couldn’t do the NHS London job and the BMA if I was elected, there would be too many conflicts of interest.’

‘Though I am able to manage conflicts, and have, I think the NHS London job, transforming primary care is so important I didn’t want to jeopardise it, and I reluctantly –even though I really wanted to do the BMA – I felt on balance it wouldn’t be fair to either of them to do it.’

‘And of course, there’s always next year, but it’s just how things are having put my application forward before the NHS London job really took off, I thought it’s just too much.’

This article was ammended on 24 March to include Professor Gerada’s comments.

Readers' comments (30)

  • graceful exit rather than being humiliated with loosing the election!

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  • She needs to look after things closer to home !!!!!

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  • Not so graceful........just shows the manoevering that goes on

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  • anyone know what exactly the hours worked by some candidates and earnings of these politicos

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  • Anonymous | 25 March 2014 11:03pm

    NHSE is more powerful than the RCGP. have you forgotten 111? She will have even more power without accountability.

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  • one important lesson for anybody is to know their limitations.........

    There are a number of political individuals who network with others in influential positions who carry on wanting to exert influence even after retirement - they don't know all the answers they cannot operate like paid up members of an elite smug club and not expect those doing the day to day work in surgeries around the country not to get fed up with them.

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  • Best news I have had for months!

    All these folk start off with great ideas but as the reach the top of the ladder, they start to become dizzy and lose focus!

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  • She was terrible as a RCGP chair.
    Glad she withdrew best thing that happened to GP politics this year.

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  • The csa injustice happened when she was chair. She used to defend it so much and that lost all goodwill of imgs and bme doctors

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  • Never forget, there are 3 types of people in your life.
    1.Who helped you in difficult times
    2. Who left you in difficult times
    3. Who put you in difficult times
    -Chinese Pro verb
    As far as the IMG GP trainees are concerned, i wonder Dr. Gerada would fall into which category as the former Chair of the RCGP?

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