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RCGP needs more than a figurehead

This will be a very hard election in which to vote, with three outstanding candidates, all of whom have made major contributions to general practice and to the college.

In a truly modern organisation the president should be so much more than just a figurehead. Whichever candidate is successful, they will have a mandate from the membership to shape the college in the way described in their manifesto.

All the candidates would bring expertise and experience to the role and the ability to show real leadership (in co-operation with the chair and college council) at a time of crisis.

This is a crucial time for general practice and for the college. There is widespread discontent among many GPs, and the RCGP and its president must be seen to respond to those concerns.

The college should try to reach out to all members by increasing its appeal and I will read with interest how each candidate proposes to achieve this.

I agree with much of what Dr Una Coales says in her manifesto online - and trailed in Pulse last week - but keenly await the other candidates' statements before deciding how to cast my vote.

From Dr John Pike, Bristol

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