Two GP leaders have put themselves forward to be elected as the next chair of the BMA GP Committee for England.
Pulse understands that Dr Kieran Sharrock, a GP in Lincolnshire and current GPCE acting chair, and Dr Katie Bramall-Stainer, chair of the UK LMC conference and chief executive of Cambridgeshire LMC, have now been identified as the two candidates running for the role.
The committee will elect a new chair, following a no-confidence vote in former chair Dr Farah Jameel earlier this month.
It voted in favour of a motion proposing it was ‘deeply concerned at the lack of clarity surrounding the status of the alleged suspension’ of Dr Jameel, and demanded new elections be held imminently.
The vote closes on Thursday August 3.
Following the vote of no confidence earlier this month, GPs and other healthcare professionals expressed concern about the vote’s fairness, with a petition calling for its withdrawal having received over 600 signatures.
One LMC confederation said it would be ‘natural’ for colleagues to be concerned that her removal was ‘discriminatory’.
However, the BMA said no legal obligations were breached in its handling of Dr Jameel’s removal.
Pulse understands that the GPCE chair position does not hold an employment contract with the BMA and therefore the Equality Act 2010, which legally protects people from discrimination in the workplace, may not apply.
Dr 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 due to Dr Jameel’s ongoing maternity leave, which she began at around the same time as her suspension towards the end of last year.