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Four candidates to stand for RCGP chair

Exclusive Dr Helen Stokes-Lampard, the current treasurer of the RCGP, is one of four candidates to take over as chair of the college this year.

The other three candidates are Dr Tim Ballard, vice chair of external affairs at the RCGP, Dr Sunil Gupta, a GP in Essex and GP trainer, and Professor Martin Marshall, a GP and professor of healthcare improvement at University College London, Pulse understands.

The RCGP declined to reveal the names of the candidates before it made an official announcement at an unspecified date.

But a spokesperson for the college said that the election results to replace the current chair, Professor Maureen Baker, may be announced by July.

Dr Stokes-Lampard is a partner in Lichfield, Staffordshire, and a senior lecturer at Birmingham Medical School.

She has been featured in Pulse’s ‘Power 50’ for the past two years, with judges praising her for the ‘efficiency with which she juggles her clinical, political and academic roles’.

Dr Ballard is principal in a small rural dispensing practice in Wiltshire, and has been an examiner for the MRCGP exam.

Dr Guptil is an MRCGP examiner, sits on the governing body of NHS Castle Point and Rochford CCG, and is a GP advisor for CQC inspections.

Professor Marshall was chair of RCGP’s ethics committee chair for six years until 2014, and was one of the architects of the QOF