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Dr Richard Vautrey elected GPC chair

Dr Richard Vautrey has been elected to chair the BMA’s GP Committee, the body that negotiates the GP contract in England.

He beat off competition from GPC colleague Dr Mark Sanford-Wood, who was the only other candidate.

Dr Vautrey is replacing Dr Chaand Nagpaul in the role, after he was elected BMA Council chair last month.

Dr Vautrey will also chair GPC on a UK-wide basis, following today’s elections.

Dr Vautrey, a GP in Leeds, was described in nominations to Pulse’s 2013 Power 50 as ‘the smartest hard-working GP politician who puts everyone else in the shade’.

A seasoned negotiator, Dr Vautrey has been a member of the GPC since 2004 and has been deputy chair since 2012.

His opponent, Devon LMC medical secretary and locum GP Dr Sanford-Wood, has been a GPC representative since 2011 and on the GPC executive since last year.

Dr Vautrey said: ‘I am truly humbled and honoured to be elected as chair of the BMA’s GP committee for England. At such a crucial time for the future of general practice there can be no greater privilege or responsibility than to be asked to lead our great profession.

‘I know there is much to do to deal with the workload pressures, resolve the workforce crisis and improve the morale of GPs but I firmly believe that GPC, working with Local Medical Committees, can turn this situation around and will enable a brighter future for general practice.’

Former GPC chair Dr Nagpaul offered his congratulations to Dr Vautrey, adding that Dr Sanford-Wood ‘will continue to be a great asset to GPC’.

Profile: Dr Richard Vautrey

GP in Leeds.

BMA GP Committee executive member since 2004 and GPC deputy chair since 2012.

Leeds LMC assistant medical secretary, following 14 years as medical secretary.