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Profile: Meet the new GPC chair

Dr Chaand Nagpaul is a smooth operator who is not afraid to take the Government to task.

The GPC has chosen an accomplished GP to represent them as chair. Dr Chaand Nagpaul, a GP in north London, has served on the GPC since 1996. He has led on commissioning for the GPC, but also has a wide range of experience leading on other issues.

He was voted the fifth most influential GP in the country in Pulse’s Top 50 GPs last year, graduating from rising star to a genuine contender to be the next chair of the GPC.

Widely hailed for his thoughtful and articulate approach, his measured yet authoritative presence has led to some suggesting a career in television is on the cards – suggestions that has been laughed off by Dr Nagpaul himself.

Dr Nagpaul has not been shy in criticising the Government’s health reforms and has been attacked in the media himself. He was ‘Daily Mailed’ last year during coverage of the day of industrial action – the paper printed a picture of his home and criticised him for ‘driving a Jaguar with a personalised number plate’.

In addition to his commissioning role, Dr Nagpaul has led on GPC on negotiations on IT and enhanced services.

Dr Nagpaul is a senior partner in a five-doctor general practice in Stanmore, North London, where he has practised continuously since qualifying as a GP in 1989.

Speaking before his election, he told Pulse that he was the best option because he will ‘fight for general practice’ and ‘define a positive future’ for GPs with a grassroots perspective gained from 20 years on his LMC and as a jobbing GP.

He says: ‘My immediate priority is to tackle the crisis of unresourced workload shift and saturation, to ease the pain for GPs and provide us with the resources, time and capacity to provide the care our patients deserve.’

‘I will fight for general practice to gets its fair and increased share of the NHS cake, and for politicians to finally grasp that this itself is key to reducing NHS pressures. I want GPC to lead a vision and strategy beyond the current battles, that defines a positive future for general practice, fit for purpose, sustainable, with manageable workload and just rewards, and a GPC  in touch with the concerns and aspirations of everyday GPs.’

Readers' comments (8)

  • congratulations . well done

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  • A massively strong field of contenders, it would be interesting to know the voting.
    A milder temprament than Dr Buckman, but definitely no less passionate nor eloquent.
    Challenging times, I wish him well.

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  • Articulate but is he effective? Can he fight against Tory + Private businesses against general practice. I wish him all the best, looking forward to see him more in the media explaining GPs' point of view !

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  • Congratulations & well done.

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  • Well done Chand. I always knew you had it in you and it will take some doing to get all the politicians out of the NHS hair. We who worked in the NHS as GPs know what needs to be done but try persuading MPs that the only way to be safe is to close down all their small local DGHs and thereby increase staffing levels to allow 24/7 cover and more GPs needed to to the same.

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  • He is an eloquent and dedicated defender of Gp issues. That is good but will he improve the out-of hours service for patients , an issue that has apparently weakened patients' trust in many practices up and down the country.

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  • Phil Yates

    I respect Chand for the comments I've heard him make before. His challenge will be to help to steer General Practice through to a new and augmented future whilst not appearing to be reationary or act with vested interest. We as a profession must grasp the nettle of change and I wish him every success in his important role.

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  • Dear Dr Nagpaul,

    As I have been unable to obtain your email online, I know it is less likely you will read this on pulse but as I am at crisis point and deep down just coping, I was hoping you can help.
    I am going through the usual story of CSA exam problem despite having excellent Work place assessment and passed AKT, I failed CSA first time by 1 mark and second time by 2 marks without any just reason and no evidence to appeal. I am sitting third attempt in november but it is so unfair as my wife is due to have our first baby shortly and my livelihood depends on this. As I can not afford the exam fee, I called the college today and was told there is no way I can pay in instalments. I am sure you have heard of the impact this on a registrar's life.
    I am just writing to ask, can you help resolve this current CSA nightmare??
    Anything you can do, would be appreciated.
    And if any of your team, read this, please forward to Dr Chaand Nagpaul.

    Best wishes.

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