Exclusive England’s GP leaders will vote on a motion to declare no confidence in their current elected chair this week, demanding new elections.
The motion, seen by Pulse, proposes that BMA’s GP Committee for England is ‘deeply concerned at the lack of clarity surrounding the status of the alleged suspension of the chair’.
Dr Farah Jameel was elected as the first female GPCE chair in late 2021, but was put on temporary suspension in November last year following complaints made by the organisation’s staff.
Formal hearings into the complaint have not yet taken place because Dr Jameel is currently on maternity leave, which she began at around the same time as her suspension towards the end of last year.
Dr Kieran Sharrock, a GP in Lincolnshire, is currently standing in as acting chair during Dr Jameel’s absence.
Pulse understands the no-confidence motion will be voted on at the GPCE meeting this Thursday.
While those proposing and seconding the motion expressed sympathy towards Dr Jameel and the ‘difficult circumstances surrounding her absence’, they have said democratic representation is ‘of paramount importance’.
The motion will highlight the importance of leadership during the ‘significant and impending contractual and political upheaval’ over the next year.
This is the final year of the 2019 five-year contract, and a new agreement will be negotiated between the BMA and Government ahead of implementation in April 2024.
The BMA’s GPCE has been exploring potential GP industrial action, and confirmed last week that LMCs can lawfully participate in preparations for such action, including canvassing opinion and expressing support.
In a recent ‘call to action’, GPC England urged doctors to join the BMA ahead of a potential ballot over industrial action if 2024/25 contract negotiations turn sour.
Motion in full
That this committee is deeply concerned at the lack of clarity surrounding the status of the alleged suspension of the Chair of GPCE ahead of significant impending contractual and political upheaval from now through 2024, and:
i) is sympathetic towards the Chair and the difficult circumstances surrounding her absence
ii) applauds the Acting Chair and Officer Team for their commitment, work, and leadership during the Chair’s absence
iii) asserts that the proper, effective, democratic representation of the profession is of paramount importance to this committee
iv) regrets that it has no alternative but the declare that this committee has no confidence in the current elected Chair of GPCE, and demands elections be held as soon as possible for a new Chair (and subsequent Officer Team) in accordance with Standing Orders