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Professor Mayur Lakhani elected RCGP president

NHS West Leicestershire CCG chair Professor Mayur Lakhani has been elected as the next president of the RCGP.

Professor Lakhani, who was previously RCGP chair and also sought the president position in 2015, will serve a two-year term from November 2017 until November 2019, succeeding Dr Terry Kemple.

This time around, five members stood for the ceremonial position, Professor Lakhani beating King’s College professor and former GP Professor Roger Jones, editor of the BJGP, in second place.

The other unsuccessful candidates were Professor Rodger Charlton, Dr John Chisholm and Dr Paul Myres.

College members also elected six council members, with the successful candidates announced as Professor Clare Gerada, the college’s former chair, as well as Dr Jonathan Leach, Dr . John Cosgrove, Dr Stuart Blake, Dr Robert Hampton and Dr Martyn Hewett.

Acting chief executive officer and college returning officer Dr Valerie Vaughan-Dick, said: ’Many congratulations to Mayur and to all our candidates for the fair and professional way in which they have conducted this round of elections.

’At a time when GPs and general practice are under unprecedented pressures, it is more important than ever that we have a democratic College that is able to represent our members - and their patients – on the issues that matter most.’

The election had a 12.8% turnout among eligible voting members.

Readers' comments (19)

  • Many congrats. I hope he will work better for our wellbeing, and hoping you to change public/politician perception about gps.

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  • 'Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.'
    This has absolutely no relevance to my daily practice.
    It's mostly the same small group of faces again and again - the same group who have done nothing as we have hit an iceberg and started to sink.
    The water is around our ankles - do they think this rearrangement of the deckchairs will save us?

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  • Congratulations Mayur! Well deserved.

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  • Congratulations. I wish you all the best.

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  • Thank you to Pulse for featuring this. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Members of the RCGP throughout the UK and in the International Faculty for electing me to be their next President. This is a responsibility that I will take very seriously. I would like to thank all the other candidates who also stood in the election and from whose perspectives I have learnt a lot. Now the hard work begins! It will be a privilege to be a national leader whilst continuing my work as a local GP and clinical lead in ongoing efforts to transform health and care. I look forward to working with the Chair of the RCGP and its other Officers, Members and Faculties to move general practice forwards.
    I will do my very best to represent GPs’ interests – the President is the only officer directly elected by Members. Like any large membership organisation, I appreciate that there are GPs who do not always agree with the RCGP. I want to reassure colleagues that the College is open to feedback. And I know there is so much more to do to sustain general practice. At this critical time for general practice, we need to come together as GPs. Unity will help us tackle our challenges as there is a greater need than ever for strong professional leadership.

    If you have an idea you would like me to consider than please do not hesitate to contact me

    Mayur Lakhani

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  • Thanks for posting Mayur.

    I hope you will continue to engage with grass roots GPs, just like your predecessor Terry.

    It can be tough going on social media but you will be more respected as a result.

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  • Hello DT (| GP Partner/Principal01 Jun 2017 11:21am)

    I am sorry you feel that the RCGP is not relevant to you. I would like to try and change your mind! The College is open to feedback and criticism. I do appreciate that like any large membership organisation, we have not got everything right and there will be members who will not be happy

    I can give examples of achievements that can be traced back to the Royal College of General Practitioners e.g. 10.7% of NHS budget funding for general practice, the clinical pharmacy scheme, a world class specialist training scheme, invention and roll out of significant event auditing (Prof Mike Pringle)- the latter you will be using regularly in your practice and will be used daily somewhere in the UK.

    Is this enough? No not by any means. There is much more to do. So that you know, I stood for election as a working GP so do understand the reality of general practice.

    Let me know if you would like discuss more as I for one would hope that you will support us. Direct message me or you can also contact your local representative. Please keep an open mind It is your college! Seek change if you are unhappy -this is what the national elections are for!

    Kind Regards, Mayur Lakhani

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  • well done and congratulations!
    and welcome to the awfulness of some of the people who post messages on this website.
    You talk about the hard work about to begin though, you have already done your hard work and the post of president is recognition of this- try and relax a bit and go around the country meeting members of local faculties and emphasise how relevant the work of the college is where ever GPs work.

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  • Dr Lakhani , congratulation on you being elected as RCGP president.

    What I & many grassroot GP would like to see is RCGP talking to NHS England and Government about what can be delivered under current budget and what is not deliverable. Lets be realistic .
    Mrs May / Mr. Corbyn want to promise world class health care on third class funding.
    Will RCGP take a lead on opening cross party dialogue on how to fund our NHS properly & that may mean insurance/ co-payment?
    Its a bitter pill but that's the reality.
    Lets hope that you have courage to put it across to the politicians.
    Without this no matter what happens workload & stress on GP is not going to be reduced. Any other solution is like rearranging deck chairs on sinking ship.

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  • Congrats Dr Lakhani

    I would be most greatful if you could address the issue of indemnity plaguing our profession, and did something quite quickly before you lost more experienced GPs to this shambles.

    I have not been a part of RCGP due to my perception that they have not stood in the way of any of the nonsense sent our way from NHSE/DoH - if you are our royal college, then you have a duty to look after our interests and the interests of the job for which you are royal college of. Engage with younger GPs, make tangible changes that we feel and then itll become more relevant to us.

    It cant continue in this current guise,

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