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RCGP leads tributes to GP academic

By Lilian Anekwe

Professor Yvonne Carter, a long-standing GP and leading primary care academic, has died at the age of 50, after a five-year battle against breast cancer.

Professor Carter, who was diagnosed with the disease in 2004, had continued working until she took early retirement in July this year. She died on 20 October aged 50, and leaves a husband and two children.

With a medical career spanning more than 25 years, Professor Carter held many national roles in education and research. A practising GP for more than 20 years, she was also dean of Warwick Medical School from 2004 to 2009, and pro-vice chancellor for the University of Warwick from 2007-2009.

During her time at Warwick Professor Carter was named the Confederation of British Industry's first ‘Woman of Science' in 2006.

Professor Carter was also one of Britain's leading GPs on issues surrounding child protection and published extensively in the area.

She was a former member of RCGP Council and Professors Steve Field and David Haslam, chair and president of the RCGP, led the tributes this week.

They said in a joint statement: ‘She was an inspirational leader, loyal colleague and true friend and will be greatly missed.'

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